An Taisce has also objected to terms of the new licence for the Lanesborough plant which employs 150 permanent and seasonal employees.

The likelihood of an ESB power station in Co Longford reopening has been further cast in doubt as it has been confirmed there has been a series of sub(...)

Hungarian border guard officer Arpad Bella (centre) on August 19th, 1989, when more than 600 East Germans pushed their way past his men and into Austria. He chose not to shoot on the crowd and let them pass in one of the landmark moments of the fall of the Iron Curtain. Photograph: Tamás Lobenwein. Courtesy Paneuropean Picnic’ 89 Foundation

It is nearly 30 years since Arpad Bella, then a border guard officer in communist Hungary, made a split-second decision that nudged the course of hist(...)

Next general election should not be held until Spring 2020, Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesman Michael McGrath has said. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The four by-elections for the seats of TDs elected to the European Parliament should be held before Christmas and the next general election should not(...)

Habib during  a protest outside the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur  against human rights abuses against the Rohingya and other ethnicities, in February 2009. Photograph: Sophie Ansel

Harrowing stories are difficult to tell, and more so when they take place in remote parts of the world. So what is the best way to tell them? In any h(...)

Facebook chief executive  Mark Zuckerberg  testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington in April 2018. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

As Democrats reeled from Donald Trump’s shock victory in the 2016 US presidential election, thoughts soon turned to who could take on the Republican p(...)

Hungarian prime minister Victor Orban: “We have come to a good decision, so far . . . We’ll see what happens.”  Photograph:  Aris Oikonomou

European Commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen laid out her “political guidelines” to Hungarian premier Viktor Orban on Thursday and told hi(...)

At the MacGill summer school, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said moderate unionists would look at rising British nationalism and consider a united Ireland. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

It is just three weeks since calm voices pointed to a Plan B Brexit. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said in the event of no deal, Ireland was considering agr(...)

European Commission secretary general Martin Selmayr: “You cannot run the European Commission like a Montessori school,” he once said. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Martin Selmayr, the most controversial, powerful and shortlived head of the European Commission’s civil service who one critic said should be sent to (...)

Italian deputy prime  minister Matteo Salvini addresses a news conference in Rome earlier this week. File photograph: Remo Casilli/Reuters

Italian deputy prime minister Matteo Salvini said on Friday he would meet coalition partner and leader of the Five Star Movement Luigi Di Maio amid sp(...)

Globalisation was always about much more than increased trade. Its origins lie in the liberalisation of finance and the weakening of nation states. Photograph: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty

Is the era of globalisation coming to an end? Are we moving to an increasingly multipolar world? Will existing global institutions be replaced by new (...)

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