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Smartfrog has developed a universal Internet of Things platform, starting with security and monitoring with its Smartfrog app, Smartfrog cam and video storage

Dublin-based technology firm Smartfrog has taken a controlling stake in US-based rival Canary. The takeover brings together the two smart home securit(...)

Many Irish students face the dilemma of staying at home or going abroad to study for their undergraduate courses. Photograph: iStock

My daughter wants to study physiotherapy but isn’t sure she’ll achieve the high CAO points required. A neighbour of ours is studying a similar program(...)

Philomena Lee at the publishing of the Clann Project's report on adoption and mother and baby homes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Women whose children were “forcibly taken from them” and placed into Ireland’s adoption system continue to face discrimination because their personal (...)

Opel said it is “fully co-operating with the authorities”. Photograph: PA

Germany’s transport ministry issued a recall of nearly 100,000 Opel cars on Monday, just hours after the carmaker’s headquarters was raided by authori(...)

Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto shakes hands with UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt:  Hungary is a strong supporter of Israel and defends the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Photograph: Jack Taylor/PA

An attempt by Hungary to get the EU to cut funding to NGOs that are hostile to Israel – specifically those supporting boycott and divestment (BDS) cam(...)

Alice Weidel, co-Bundestag faction leader and  Katrin Ebner-Steiner, deputy chairman of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party as initial results from the Bavarian state elections are announced in Mamming, Germany. Photograph: Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies suffered their worst election result since 1950 on Sunday, exit polls suggest. The Christian Social(...)

Tapestries of Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador (left) and Pope Paul VI  hang from a balcony of the facade of St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Pope Francis on Sunday made saints of two of the most contentious Roman Catholic figures of the 20th century - murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Ro(...)

Chile’s president Sebastián Pinera meets Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican. Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis has defrocked two Chilean bishops who have been caught up in the country’s widening sexual abuse crisis, the Vatican said on Saturday. T(...)

Aoife Caffrey: “Horses are the most wonderful animals and so much of riding is about your mutual respect and connection to them.”
Why I Love . . . Horse riding

I have always loved horses and was lucky enough to grow up in the countryside which meant that, once I learned how to ride proficiently, I was allowe(...)

Microbrews: Magic Rock Dancing Bear and And Union Neu Black

In series 4 of Better Call Saul there’s a scene in which Mike, the doting but shady grandfather, is offered a beer. He’s sitting at a makeshift bar in(...)

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