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Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan: “It is a real challenge for Irish officials or people acting on behalf of the Irish state to enter one of the most challenging areas of conflict in the world”. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Government is engaging with “international actors” to help bring Dundalk woman Lisa Smith and her two-year-old daughter back to Ireland, Minister (...)

Barbecue area in Helsinki’s Suomenlinna Island prison: Most prisoners spend the day restoring and maintaining the fortress for €8 an hour or attending courses in the city. Photograph: Conor Gallagher

The detention facility on Suomenlinna Island in Helsinki is probably the only prison in the world where people trying to get in is a bigger problem th(...)

Brian Hayes, CEO of Banking and Payments Federation Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

“It goes up and down like that,” says Brian Hayes, as he presses a button to move his hi-tech desk lower in the plush offices of the Banking & Pay(...)

Ursula von der Leyen, president-designate of the European Commission, has suggested that all EU member states should propose two candidates for the European Commission - a man and a woman - in order to address persistent gender imbalance on the commission. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The suggestion by Ursula von der Leyen, president-designate of the European Commission, that each EU state should propose two candidates for the commi(...)

Irish steaks won a record of 75 medals at the World Steak Challenge, which was held in Dublin for the first time

An Irish steak has  been crowned the “World’s Best Fillet” at international steak competition in Dublin on Wednesday. The winning steak, from gra(...)

 European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Government is “standing firmly” behind its nomination of Phil Hogan as Ireland’s next EU commissioner despite a demand for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (...)

Gardaí warned against bargain prices online and said never to do ‘under the table’ deals

Gardaí have warned Irish consumers they could be the victims of fraud when buying any goods or services online by gangs like the Romanian network now (...)

The fraudsters’ use of a website selling what detectives have dubbed ‘ghost tractors’ was just one example of a wide variety of frauds of they been involved in. Photograph: iStock

Gardaí are investigating fraudsters who used a website pretending to be that of an established Irish company selling agricultural vehicles to steal th(...)

Contraband seized by gardaí during a raid on the crime network.

Gardaí believe they have discovered the financial centre of an international crime network running global frauds that target victims worldwide. While(...)

The Irish passport is considered one of the most prized in the world because it offers visa-free travel to 183 countries

The Irish passport remains one of the most powerful in the world, according to a new ranking that shows US and UK travel documents drop in score. The(...)

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