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Ian Bailey, a British citizen living in Schull, Co Cork, denies involvement in the murder of French woman Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 1996. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ian Bailey on Thursday lost his court bid to have homicide charges against him dropped in France. However, his Irish solicitor, Frank Buttimer, said M(...)

  James Joyce. Photograph: Lipnitzki/Roger Viollet/Getty Images

Before the film Groundhog Day immortalised the role of that – exclusively North American – animal as a harbinger of spring, the job used to belong to (...)

 Ireland lost Six Nations matches against Scotland  and Wales, finished second in the tournament and won the other nine Test matches they played last year.   Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Statistics are nothing more than a neatly arranged set of numbers without context. For example to say that one group of married men spend over half th(...)

 Regional broadband: Eir’s departure renders the Government’s procurement process uncompetitive, a scenario that might prompt a recalibrated tender process. Photograph: Paul Bradley

The single biggest question hanging over Eir’s sudden departure from the Government’s broadband process is who pulled the plug, effectively turning th(...)

Fr Jacques Hamel celebrating Mass in the church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy. He was murdered there  on July 26th, 2016. Photograph: Paroisse Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray/AFP

French authorities have undertaken a potentially explosive investigation into intelligence blunders that failed to prevent the murder of an 85-year-ol(...)

Britvic’s  revenue in its UK drinks market was 1%  higher, with carbonates revenue up 4.9% on the strength of  Pepsi Max

Drinks group Britvic said it made a solid start to the year as revenue rose in the first quarter. However, it said plans to impose a levy on soft drin(...)

Forza Italia party leader and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi: clearly running the party’s show. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

The tide of populist and Eurosceptical politics that has swept Europe over the last couple of years does not appear to be ebbing. The electoral succe(...)

 French chef Sebastien Bras  in the kitchen of his three-star restaurant Le Suquet, in Laguiole,  France. Photograph: Remy Gabaldaremy Gabalda/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a first. The prestigious Michelin guide has allowed a top French restaurant to drop out of its coveted guide after its chef said he didn’t want t(...)

The ESRI has found that one-third of lone-parent families and one-quarter of families headed by a person with a disability were ‘persistently deprived’ during the years 2004 to 2015. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The gap between the poorest families and the wider population is larger in Ireland than in other comparable EU countries, and grew faster during the r(...)

French climber Elisabeth Revol (centre) poses with rescuers Denis Urubko (left) and  Adam Bielecki at the base of Nanga Parbat mountain in Pakistan. Photograph: Adam Bielecki

French mountain climber Elisabeth Revol was on her way from Islamabad, Pakistan to a hospital in the French Alps late on Tuesday, after surviving a ha(...)

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