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Claire Lambe (right) is entered in the biggest class in terms of numbers (14) at the World Cup regatta in Sydney next weekend. Photograph: Inpho

For the second consecutive weekend, Dubliners will get a chance to see big boats race down the Liffey. The Dublin Head of the River t(...)

 A spectator watches the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin. Photograph: Barry
Cronin/EPA

Irish people enjoy among the highest quality of life and standard of living in Europe, according to the European Union. The news will co(...)

Aer Arann’s majority shareholder is putting its corporate stamp on the regional carrier and from today is re-naming it Stobart Air, after the transport and logistics group that took over the bulk of its shares following the company’s examinership in 2010.

Aer Arann’s majority shareholder is putting its corporate stamp on the regional carrier and from today is re-naming it Stobart Air, after the t(...)

US president Barack Obama. How the US moves beyond the financial sanctions imposed on 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials  is the subject of feverish debate within political circles and foreign policy confabs in Washington. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The biggest foreign policy crisis of the Obama presidency has deepened under the weight of Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s ignoring of US sanct(...)

Leinster’s Darragh Fanning escapes a tackle from and Rob Harley of Glasgow Warriors. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Professional rugby is not without its dreams. The story of Darragh Fanning was, before Christmas, a month to mont(...)

 A section of the Bratstvo gas pipeline near Ivano-Frankvisk, Ukraine. Today less than 50 per cent of Russian gas exports to the EU pass through Ukraine. Photograph: Getty Images

As events continue to escalate in Crimea the two-day summit of EU leaders that begins today in Brussels will be dominated by the topic of Ukrai(...)

Jerome Kerviel, former trader of French bank Societe Generale, has had his three year prison sentence upheld. He is currently walking back to France from Italy having met the pope in Rome. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters.

France’s highest court has upheld a prison sentence for one-time rogue trader Jerome Kerviel but it overturned a ruling that he must pay back €(...)

US vice-president Joe Biden condemned the Russian action as a “land-grab”, and confirmed that the US was considering sending forces to the Baltic region to conduct ground and naval exercises. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

The European Union is under pressure to intensify its response to the Russian incursion into Crimea when EU leaders gather in Brussels tomorrow(...)

‘Europe’s big problem is the indifference which it increasingly provokes. The indifference of the electorate: the more powers the Parliament has the fewer people vote – participation has gone from 62 per cent in 1979 to 43 per cent in 2009 and no one knows what figure we will manage in May.’  Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

Europe’s big problem is Ireland, with its corporate tax rate of 12.5 per cent, which is half the average rate in the European Union and a good (...)

Ireland’s Jack McGrath and Seán Cronin (left and centre) will sit out Leinster’s game against Zebre, but  Martin Moore (right) is available.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor has welcomed a number of Six Nation s winners back into his squad already ahead of the meeting with Zebre at the R(...)

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