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Overall throughput at Shannon Foynes last year totalled 9.458 million tonnes, down 1.9 per cent or 185,000 tonnes versus 2019. File photograph: Kieran Clancy

State-owned Shannon Foynes port has reported a 7.6 per cent decline in turnover last year to €12.9 million as pre-tax profits fell from €4.9 million t(...)

Policemen hold down a man at  a demonstration against compulsory vaccination of certain workers and the obligatory use of a Covid-19  health pass in Paris. Photograph: Sameer Al-Doumy

More than 160,000 demonstrators took to the streets in France on Saturday to protest against the government’s Covid-19 health pass policy, with brief (...)

Protesters cross the Liberty Bridge during the Budapest Pride parade on Saturday, in the Hungarian capital. Photograph:  Ferenc Isza / AFP via Getty

Thousands of Hungarians joined the annual Budapest Pride march on Saturday and to protest against a law that limits teaching about homosexuality and t(...)

When the rains stop reservoirs run dry, water shortages loom, while forest fires are more likely to happen. File photograph: Getty

The impact of the July heat wave began to ramp up this week. By Tuesday, Irish Water had issued conservation appeals to three counties: north Dublin; (...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson’s substantive demands on the Northern Ireland protocol are impossible, not least because they require the EU, which is based on the application of legal order, to accept instead a system based on trust. Photograph: Justin Tallis/ AFP via Getty Images

Less than two years after he negotiated, signed and ratified the Northern Ireland protocol as part of Britain’s withdrawal agreement with the European(...)

Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline: construction is 98 per cent completed on feed that will carry gas directly from Russia to Germany under the Baltic Sea. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Ukraine and Poland have dismissed assurances that a deal between the United States and Germany to end their dispute over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipelin(...)

 European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: ‘We must jointly ensure stability and predictability in Northern Ireland.’ Photograph: Martin Divisek/EPA

European Union chief Ursula von der Leyen has rejected Boris Johnson’s plea to renegotiate the post-Brexit deal on Northern Ireland after a phone call(...)

There will be far fewer diners at off-peak times

Restaurants around Ireland will open for indoor dining on Monday for people who are fully vaccinated, or who have recovered from a Covid infection wit(...)

Malta does accept the digital Covid certificate. File photograph: Collins

The Department of Foreign Affairs is liaising with authorities in Malta in relation to Irish holidaymakers who travelled there without a digital Covid(...)

Boris Johnson is determined to eliminate much of the friction caused by the protocol without agreeing to arrangements such as a Swiss-style veterinary agreement. File photograph: Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP via Getty Images

Britain’s demand that the European Union should rewrite parts of the withdrawal agreement they signed off on last year is dramatic, audacious and cert(...)

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