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From 65, Irish men and women can expect to live only about 60% of their remaining years of life free of disability, an EU report has warned.

Men and women in Ireland are living on average a remarkable five years more today than they were in 2000 (now, to 81.5 years). That’s just above(...)

Students from Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré work on their project on the War of Independence.

School: Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré, Co Tipperary “What’s the best way to kill history?” asks Shane Fitzgerald, a teacher at Coláiste Phobal Ros Cré. (...)

Boeing shares hit an all-time high at $281.83 on Monday, gaining 3.9%. Photograph: Getty Images

US tax cuts approved over the weekend boosted equities on both sides of the Atlantic, benefitting Irish building materials giant CRH amongst others. (...)

Bavarian finance minister Markus Söder (right, as Marilyn Monroe)  hopes to leverage his personal popularity in Bavaria to revive the CSU’s fortunes. Photograph: David Ebener/EPA

Angela Merkel’s complicated game of coalition poker has just been dealt a new wild card. Some 10 weeks after a disastrous election result, her Bavari(...)

Georg Pazderski. Photograph: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters

Moderates in the rightwing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) suffered a stinging defeat at its annual conference after their candidate failed(...)

Brewdog’s Hello My Name is Niamh is an 8.2 per cent elderflower double IPA. You’ll get a hint of elderflower on the aroma under a big hit of resiny hops.

Girls rule in Brewdog’s latest range of beers, each representing a different European country. There’s Marianne for France, Helga for Germany,  S(...)

The Bushmills Inn in Co Antrim will screen lots of special Christmas films.

The run-up to Christmas is a good time to start – or keep – a family tradition, whether it’s going to Grafton Street to see the lights, or window shop(...)

A former millionaire shows us what remains of his shop in Damascus. Now a refugee living near Hanover, in Germany, he attends language classes each day with his wife and children. Photograph:  Sally Hayden

Reverse migration – efforts by Syrian refugees in Europe to return home – is a growing movement. But those who want to go face legal, practical and fi(...)

A policeman with a fire extinguisher over his shoulder walks next to a police car in front of a Christmas market stall in Potsdam,  after it was evacuated by policeon Friday. Photograph: Felipe Turela/EPA

German police evacuated the city centre of Potsdam, near Berlin, on Friday afternoon after a package was found near a Christmas market containing fire(...)

 EU Council chief  Donald Tusk has urged EU states  to “proceed swiftly” with the Nord Stream 2 project. Photograph: Dario Pignatelli/Bloomberg

Russia’s plan for a major new pipeline that critics say would undermine eastern Europe’s energy security faces a fresh potential obstacle, after Denma(...)

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