Eleanor McEvoy: “A Woman’s Heart”,  on which she was a co-writer, helped launch her career. “If it happened now, I would be earning nothing from it.” Photograph : Aidan Crawley

The Government needs a national music strategy to protect composers and musicians if the country is to maintain a commercially viable and successful m(...)

Polish supreme court president Malgorzata Gersdorf walks to the court building, surrounded by supporters, in Warsaw on Wednesday. Photograph: Maciej Jazwiecki/Agencja Gazeta via Reuters

Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki faced passionate attacks against Warsaw’s judicial reforms on Wednesday as a leading judge defied her forced (...)

 German interior minister Horst Seehofer: had threatened to resign unless Angela  Merkel agreed to tighter national border checks. Photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

Austria’s far-right ruling Freedom Party (FPÖ) has launched a searing attack on German chancellor Angela Merkel for new asylum policies agreed on Mond(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond:  “I will argue for a future relationship with the European Union that protects our important supply chains, protects British jobs and protects British business.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Britain’s chancellor Philip Hammond has told MPs he will press the case for a Brexit that prioritises business interests when the cabinet meets at Che(...)

People sing the Ukrainian national anthem during a meeting at the NSC Olimpiysky stadium in Kiev on Monday to demand the release of Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov in Russia. Photograph: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

Kiev is pushing for a prisoner swap with Moscow to bring home Ukrainians whom Russia is accused of jailing on political grounds, including several wh(...)

Former  president of Ireland Mary Robinson: “I never had to consider evacuation of a country” like certain developing countries threatened by rising sea levels.   Photograph:  Jason Clarke

Former president Mary Robinson has said she was “saddened” to hear Taoiseach Leo Varadkar refer to Ireland as being a “laggard” in tackling climate ch(...)

Questions to Facebook Ireland from members of the Oireachtas joint committee on communications had a particular focus on the company’s political advertisement policies. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Facebook Ireland recently submitted written responses to formal queries the company received from members of the Oireachtas joint committee on communi(...)

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection said it had no plans to include fingerprints on the public services card.

EU plans to force member states to include people’s fingerprints on their national identity cards are not expected to affect the State’s public servic(...)

The French financial regulator has said it will not seek changes to “delegation” rules. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/ Getty Images

The French financial regulator has said it will not seek changes to “delegation” rules — a move that could have restricted UK fund managers serving o(...)

Helen McEntee, Eamon Mallie, Noel Murphy, Leo Varadkar, Katherine Zappone and Declan McGrath pose in front of Murphy’s portrait of all the women members of the Oireachtas.

Straight after Taoiseach’s Questions on Tuesday, Leo Varadkar rushed from the Dáil chamber and down the main staircase for a photocall in front of one(...)

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