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Former Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi: “I think the news of the death of Europe at the hand of populism has been greatly exaggerated.”  Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti

Matteo Renzi’s office, in a 16th-century Roman palazzo opposite Italy’s senate, is incongruously decorated with mementos of his time as a jet-setting (...)

 Heavy Garda presence outside the Special Criminal Court   after the case against Regency Hotel gun murder accused Patrick Hutch collapsed. Photograph:  Collins Courts

The fallout from the collapse of the trial of Patrick Hutch for the murder of David Byrne is only just starting and is likely to be bloody and difficu(...)

Patrick Hutch leaves the Special Criminal Court after all charges were dropped against him regarding the Regency Hotel murder. Photograph: Padraig O’Reilly

Garda Headquarters and the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (Gsoc) are to carry out separate inquiries into the collapse of the trial on Wednesday (...)

The daylight murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in Dublin in 2016 caused public outrage and the Garda Síochána came under intense pressure. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin.

Events at the Regency Hotel in Dublin in 2016 are the most notorious – to date – in an unprecedented cycle of death and suffering. For the family of D(...)

Det Garda Jonathan Brady leaves the Special Criminal Court in Dublin where he gave evidence in the trial of Patrick Hutch Jnr. Photograph: Collins Courts

The trial of Patrick Hutch for the murder of David Byrne was highly unusual in that photographs were the key evidence. And those pictures were taken b(...)

Euromillions winner Dolores McNamara, who won more than €115 million in 2005. Photograph: Frank Miller

Somewhere in Ireland this morning, somebody woke up with the country’s biggest ever lottery win of €175 million. February’s Euromillions windfall is (...)

Íñigo Errejón, former deputy leader of Podemos, and Podemos leader  Pablo Iglesias in October 2016. File photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

In a recently released video, members of Podemos in different parts of Spain speak into a camera to proclaim the party’s presence across the country. (...)

Prospective pilots require a range of aptitude and skills possessed by only a small cohort of interested applicants. Photograph: iStock

My daughter is sitting the Leaving Cert in June and has hear heart set on becoming a pilot. I worry about how tough it is to qualify and what will hap(...)

Bologna, Italy

You made it through January, it must be time to reward yourself by planning a weekend away in the spring. There is nothing wrong with the classics – s(...)

Pan con Tomate, a cold tapas plate of toasted  bread, fresh grated tomato, garlic, olive oil and sea salt. Photograph: Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald.

Perhaps it’s too early to talk of tomatoes, considering our own tomatoes are still many months away. Yet, on a recent trip to Barcelona I was reminded(...)

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