The British patrol ships are of a type that is generally armed with 20mm and 30mm guns and can carry 45 crew with as many as 50 Royal Marines, according to the ministry of defence website. File photograph: Getty Images

French fishermen have ended their protest off Jersey’s main port of St Hellier after talks aimed at resolving a dispute that has seen Britain and Fran(...)

Napoleon Bonaparte: had many connections with people born in Ireland

Shortly before his death on May 5th, 1821, Napoleon Bonaparte, in exile on St Helena, wrote a codicil to his will, bequeathing 10,000 francs (about £5(...)

Salvator Mundi: the Louvre has certified it as the work of Leonardo da Vinci. But it kept those findings secret after a squabble with the painting’s owners. Photograph: Benjamin Norman/New York Times

French curators had worked for a decade to prepare a major exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. When it opened,(...)

The  package was the focus of at times tense talks between Air France-KLM’s biggest shareholders, France and the Netherlands, and the European Commission. Photograph: Filip Singer/EPA

Air France-KLM will receive as much as €4 billion and the French government could raise its stake to as high as 30 per cent as part of a recapitalisat(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Ryanair’s battle against government aid for rivals such as Air France KLM, Lufthansa, SAS and others is not over yet. Since last year, the Irish group(...)

 Given that US multinationals like Apple, Google and Facebook have headquartered their European operations in Ireland, any new big tech  regulation could act as another tightrope for Irish policy-makers to navigate. Photograph: Getty Images

In 1917, Vladimir Lenin was purported to have said that “there are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen”. Although (...)

An unaccompanied freight truck is loaded on to the Brittany Ferries ferry Cap Finistere, before departing for Cherbourg from Rosslare Europort, which has ramped up direct routes to mainland Europe since Brexit.  Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Rosslare Europort recorded a record increase in European freight volumes in January as more businesses chose direct ferries with mainland Europe to av(...)

Lorry driver David McCormick with healthcare worker Beata Ziolkowska  at RocDoc’s testing facility in Gorey, Co Wexford, for lorry drivers bound for France on the ferry from Rosslare. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

One lorry driver tested positive for Covid-19 under the new testing system required for France-bound hauliers on ferries from Ireland to prevent the s(...)

Drivers also have the option of getting tested at the many private facilities around the country as long as these tests meet the French requirements. Photograph: Maxwell’s Handout/PA

Lorry drivers arriving in France from Ireland will have to produce evidence of a negative Covid-19 test from Thursday. This follows a decision by the(...)

The French government is expected to introduce a mandatory Covid-19 requirement for all hauliers carrying goods on direct ferry routes to produce a negative test result on their arrival. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP

The Department of Transport is preparing contingency plans to carry out Covid-19 tests on lorry drivers heading to France on direct ferries in anticip(...)

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