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Glovers Alley by Andy McFadden in Dublin 2

Chefs and restaurant managers say it is the worst night of the year to dine out. But their negativity about February 14th may have more to do with the(...)

Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian prime minister and founder of Forza Italia, on an Italian TV show in  January. Photograph: Getty Images

With his perfectly dyed dark hair and his ivory-white teeth glistening in the lights of the television studio, Silvio Berlusconi – the octogenarian co(...)

Castle Grove Country House has joined Ireland’s Blue Book for 2018.  use as - MAIN PIC

New Blue A selection of new properties have joined Ireland’s Blue Book for 2018. Castle Grove Country House in Co Donegal, Glenlo Abbey in Galway, Vi(...)

Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge. Ireland has ranked in 10th place in the study, commissioned by the Reputation Institute, due to it being a “safe place with friendly and welcoming people”

Ireland has dropped one place to 10th in a study of the reputations of 55 countries. Canada and Switzerland took joint first in the study, with score(...)

President Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron watch an flying squadron during the G7 Summit in Sicily,  on Friday. Photograph: Stephane De Sakutin/Reuters

The clench-jawed, white-knuckled handshake between Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron at the Nato summit in Brussels on Thursday was about more than pr(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron’s main priority in meeting Donald Trump is “to reaffirm the cohesion, unity and solidity” of Nato, an adviser said. Photograph: Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images

US president Donald Trump’s abrasive manner and erratic behaviour are posing fresh challenges to multilateral institutions, as will be clear at a meet(...)

More than 1,500 soldiers were deplyed earlier this month  to help Quebecers deal with ‘historic’ flooding. Photograph: Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP

In Quebec, where I live, the winegrowers association has confirmed a strong warming trend underway since 1982. The number of frost free days has incre(...)

A military vehicle guards as a rally leaves from the  Colosseum  for a national strike of taxi drivers  in Rome on Thursday. Photograph: Angelo Carconi/EPA

Italian police authorities will step up security arrangements for Saturday’s informal EU summit in Rome following Wednesday’s terrorist attack in Lond(...)

Italy’s minister for European Union affairs Sandro Gozi, who is preparing for this weekend’s informal EU summit in Rome: “We’re going to sign a political declaration . . . an important affirmation of our unity.” Photograph: Evren Atalay/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

In the run-up to next Saturday’s informal EU summit in Rome, held to mark the 60th anniversary of the EU’s founding Treaty of Rome on March 25th, 1957(...)

Undercover UK police agent Mark Kennedy, pictured (centre, with cap) at Ballinaboy in March 2006 where  campaigners had gathered against the Corrib piepline. Photograph: indymedia

Women who say they were involved in relationships with undercover UK police agent Mark Kennedy while in Ireland have spoken of their “devastation” at (...)

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