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The deal clinched in the early hours of Wednesday after 12 hours of negotiations is part of a wider overhaul of the bloc’s 15-year-old telecoms laws. File photograph: Eric Thayer/Reuters

European Union governments and MEPs have agreed to cap the price of calling from one EU country to another, seeking to score another political victory(...)

Master Chris Thackaberry at the Grand Orange Lodge. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

One of the leading members of the Orange Order in the Republic has dissented from a call to voters in today’s abortion referendum to vote No, saying t(...)

Who is in charge of the USA, Luke is asked? “Putin,” he shoots back immediately. “I mean, Donald Trump.” This kid will go far

The returning series The Secret Life of Five Year Olds (Channel 4, Tuesday, 8pm) asks some thorny moral questions as it illustrates how we learn the d(...)

University Hospital Waterford. File photograph: Google Street View.

The lack of a 24/7 catherisation laboratory at University Hospital Waterford (UHW) had no impact on the survival chances of a farmer who died while be(...)

Ulster Unionist Party leader David Trimble and Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams pass within touching distance of each other outside Castle Buildings, Stormont during a break in the negotiations before the signing of the Belfast Agreement on April 10th, 1998. File photograph: PA

How rarely we get a chance to “feel the hand of history upon our shoulder” in the life of a country. In a confidential memo authored by John Holmes,(...)

 Mourners take cover as a grenade explodes during Michael Stone’s attack in Milltown cemetery, Belfast, on March 16th, 1988. Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Above all I remember the sense that anything might happen. We had suddenly, shockingly come to a place where norms – for even sectarian warfare in the(...)

Irish Defence Forces cadets help clean up Sallins, Co Kildare: business groups have estimated the cost of the severe weather at over €100 million. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA

The Taoiseach has warned of the danger of finding people “dead in their homes” as the bill for Storm Emma reaches an estimated €100 million. As the c(...)

Drifting snow made the road at Rathmore, Co Kildare, impassable. On Friday night, Met Éireann extended its red snow-ice warning for counties Dublin, Kildare, Wexford, Wicklow and Meath until 9am on Saturday.  Photograph: Niall Sargent

Unprecedented snowfalls in parts of the country have raised serious concerns that the effects of Storm Emma may force the closure of hundreds of schoo(...)

Gerald Fleming, with  weather presenter Evelyn Cusack. Forecasts can now be made six or seven days ahead, as happened with both Storm Ophelia and now with Storm Emma. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Weather has been ever-present in our lives for a week, filling every front page, every bulletin. Occasionally, a voice is raised to wonder what all th(...)

Snow clearing at Bracetown Business Park in Dunboyne, Co Meath during the snowfall associated with  The Beast from the East. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The weather is set to get worse before it gets better with blizzard-like conditions giving way on Sunday to milder weather. Heavy snowfall will cont(...)

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