‘Portrait of Mary Barron Tottie’ by Sir John Lavery sold for €24,000

Auction Results Monday (October 2nd) Whyte’s Irish & International Art auction, RDS, Dublin 4. Some 79 per cent of the 180 lots sold. Lot 21, Wes(...)

Youths wrapped in a Catalan, a Spanish and a Catalan separatist flag walk through a street  in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

Following Spain’s transition to democracy in the 1970s, Catalan nationalism was marked by moderation, caution and gradual progress. The Catalan moveme(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon at  Governments Buildings. Photograph: Tom Honan/PA Wire

Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon told business leaders in Dublin that the UK should remain in the single market and customs union after Brexit.(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. File photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has urged Cork councillors to trust the experts tasked with overseeing the implementation of a city boundar(...)

Residents who support a united Spain give their farewell to Spanish police officer leaving the Pineda de Mar hotels in Barcelona. Photograph: Andreu Dalmau/EPA

Most of today’s nations emerged from the dissolution of empires. Nationalisms now threaten the dissolution of states. The independence movement in Cat(...)

Referendum: Catalans wear pro-independence flags in Barcelona on Tuesday. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

Out of Spain and so out of the European Union? Could Catalonia secede from Spain, as it is threatening to do, while, as its leaders would like, retain(...)

Unionist protestors take part in a demonstration against independence  called by the  far-right  ‘Platform for Catalonia’ party  in front of Barcelona city hall  last month. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

Lola Mayenco was one of 2.26 million Catalans who cast their vote in Sunday’s controversial independence referendum. Her ballot paper, however, looked(...)

Ann Marie Walsh Harte from Co Mayo with her son Lewis, (5) who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

A group campaigning for access to treatment for young boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy has pleaded with the Health Service Executive (HSE) and th(...)

There is strong evidence of the beneficial impact of the HPV vaccine for women’s health in countries that have had high uptake rates, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said. Photograph:  Getty Images.

There is strong evidence of the beneficial impact of the HPV vaccine for women’s health in countries that have had high uptake rates, Minister for Hea(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: ‘We need unequivocally to reject a culture of violence: the violence of criminal drug gangs, the exploitation by gangland criminals of fragile young peope who have fallen victim to their business of death.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Law and public policy must always have a “special focus” on the poorest, and law should be applied to “curbing the arrogance of the powerful”, the Cat(...)