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Michael O’Leary celebrates after First Lieutenant took the honours in the 2011 Neptune. Photograph: Inpho/Dan Sheridan

Never in the seven year history of the Ryanair Chase has the big-race sponsor Michael O’Leary looked to have a better chance o(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the summit was not a crisis meeting. Photograph:  Sang Tan/PA Wire

Eu ropean leaders gather in Brussels today for a two-day summit amid mounting disagreement between member states about the efficacy of the Euro(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the summit was not a crisis meeting. Photograph:  Sang Tan/PA Wire

Eu ropean leaders gather in Brussels today for a two-day summit amid mounting disagreement between member states about the efficacy of the Euro(...)

The new bells along the nave of Notre Dame Cathedral. Photograph: Frank McDonald

The bells of Notre Dame in Paris will ring out for Palm Sunday more clearly and sonorously than they’ve been heard since the fictional Quasimod(...)

Scotland head coach Scott Johnson. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist will collect his first cap for Scotland in Saturday's final Six Nations clash with France in Paris. The to(...)

France's president Francois Hollande (left) shakes hands with an employee while visiting a precision tool factory in Blois earlier this month. Photograph: Reuters

Output at euro zone factories fell more than expected at the start of 2013 and production in France and Germany slipped in the latest sign the(...)

England’s Mike Brown chases the ball against Italy. His side have become more careful and risk-free as the tournament has progressed, scoring just one try in their last three games. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire.

The first weekend of this Six Nations feels like an awful long time ago. It’s funny to think back now at how enthusiastic we all were about the(...)

Michael Noonan will be the most senior minister in the country on St Patrick’s Day

A total of 20 Government representatives will travel abroad to represent Ireland on St Patrick’s Day. The Government Chief Whip will go (...)

Jan Sobieski Vanquisher of the Turks at the Gates of Vienna by Jan Matejko

Jan Sobieski was born in 1629 into a noble family in Olesko, near Lviv, today in western Ukraine, then in the Polish-Lithuanian commonwealth, o(...)

The snow-covered Place du Tertre, a square at the Butte Montmartre area in Paris yesterday as snow and freezing temperatures returned to northern France. Photograph: Reuters

Snow was expected to continue over France north of the Loire until the early hours of this morning, after the north and west of the country wer(...)

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