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Aquarius crew members hand over life-jackets to migrants on a wooden boat, off the Libyan coast. Photograph: SOS Méditerranée/Stringer/AFP/Getty Images

Five EU countries agreed on Tuesday to take in 141 migrants currently on board the Mediterranean rescue ship Aquarius, prompting Malta to say it would(...)

Fianna Fáil has launched a new policy   aimed at improving safety for cyclists and overhauling cycling infrastructure.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Motorists who park in cycle lanes should receive penalty points and a fine, Fianna Fáil has said. The party launched a new policy on Tuesday aimed at(...)

Pope John Paul II kisses thr ground on arrival in Dublin, 1979. Photograph: Mazpix

Watching the second part of the quite superb RTÉ documentary series The Game last Monday night, I was struck by the fervour of the crowds in Croke Par(...)

 A dried-out portion of the Elbe riverbed that under normal conditions would be submerged under water, during hot weather in Magdeburg, Germany. Shrinking rivers are exposing munitions left over from the second World War. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

When German astronaut Alexander Gerst looks down on his homeland, and central Europe, he doesn’t like what he sees. “A shocking sight,” he tweeted fr(...)

The figures do not take account of the recent raft of energy price increases announced here earlier this summer. File photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

Irish consumers are being forced to pay more for gas and electricity than the vast majority of households across the EU, new figures reveal. The dat(...)

Firefighters help to put out a forest fire in the village of Monchique, Portugal  on Monday. Photograph: Rafael Marchante/Reuters

More than 1,150 firefighters struggled to put out a fire in Portugal’s southern Algarve tourist region on Monday, which injured 25 people overnight an(...)

If you are looking for a trip you will always pay more if your break starts at a weekend.

While it might be too late to organise a house swap for this year, it is not too late to find a summer holiday somewhere sunny. Because of the summer(...)

A woman refreshes herself in a fountain at Plaza de Espana in Sevilla as a heatwave hits Spain and Portugal. Photograph: Cristina Quicler/AFP/Getty Images

Temperatures are soaring across southern Europe, and could break the 48C record this weekend, according to forecasters. Holidaymakers bound for the Ib(...)

The bank holiday weekend is set to be warm in most places but there will be no return to the heatwave that delighted many earlier in the summer. File image:  Frank Miller/The Irish Times.

The bank holiday weekend is set to be warm in most places but there will be no return to the heatwave that delighted many earlier in the summer. Sat(...)

A woman tries to cool off with water at the Retiro park,  in Madrid, Spain. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

Temperatures may break records across Europe in the coming week, with weather warnings currently in place across much of Spain and Portugal. Althoug(...)

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