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Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, German chancellor Angela Merkel and French president François  Hollande are meeting on the island of Ventotene off the coast of Naples. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The leaders of the euro zone’s three largest countries will meet on a small southern Italian island today for talks on the European Union following Br(...)

 Kitty Rogan, who celebrated her 104th birthday in July, pictured at home in Dalkey, Co Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Kitty Rogan will get up this morning at 7.50 as usual, make her porridge and take a shower. Usually, she walks to morning Mass in Dalkey with the help(...)

Ann Mulrooney in the kitchen of her home in Kilkenny. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Director of the Visual Arts Centre in Carlow, Ann Mulrooney graduated from Cork’s Crawford Art College and then London’s Royal College of Art. She exh(...)

Prima donne

Virginia Raggi has scored two remarkable firsts with one blow – on Sunday she became the first woman mayor of Rome and she handed her party, the Five (...)

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: his Democratic Party  performed badly in most of the major cities. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi on Monday tried to put a brave face on his party’s disappointing local election results on Sunday. As was widely(...)

Aspiring Italian prison guards protest in front of the justice ministry building in downtown Rome, Italy, over allegations of mafia involvement in a recent prison guards’ exam. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

For nearly 8,000 young Italians hungry for work, the state exam last month for just 400 jobs as prison guards was a fiasco. For the mafia, it may have(...)

Naples is back on the map as a go-to city, thanks to the popularity of enigmatic author Elena Ferrante.

‘Naples,” the thread begins, “I’ve been there many times and it just seems to get worse. Everything is a scam and there are crooks and small gangsters(...)

Got yourself a bog standard beloved? Didn’t think so. Then why settle for just AN Other honeymoon? You know, the resort with the palm trees, the powd(...)

Enduring  irony: Silvio Berlusconi has managed to turn the forthcoming mayoral contest in Rome on its head, causing problems for his centre-right “rivals” and potentially doing favours to his centre-left “allies”. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images

So, you all thought that media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi was just toast at this stage, not so much yesterday’s man as the day before yesterday’s man? W(...)

Pope Francis addresses tens of thousands of people in  St Peter’s Square on Sunday. He said: “We should not tolerate the abuse of minors. We must protect minors and severely punish abusers.” Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis called for “severe punishment” for paedophiles on Sunday after new details emerged in Italy of the 2014 death of a six-year-old girl who (...)

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