Photograph: iStock

The young couple sat across from each other, both absorbed in books. “Books! Young people reading books!” I said to myself, in silent shock. Both ap(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks during the seven-way RTÉ leaders’ debate at  NUIG on Monday. Photograph: Niall Carson/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

Question: Is the average income of a full-time worker really €47,000 a year? Who is making the claim? During the leaders’ debate on RTÉ on Monday n(...)

A student at the March for Climate Change which went throught Dublin from St Stephen’s Green to Leinster House in March. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Government may have backed the declaration of a national “climate and biodiversity crisis”, but it has yet to take necessary action to counter the(...)

Sgt Valerie Cole 55th Infantry Group Irish Defence Forces. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Federica Mogherini, the European Union’s foreign policy chief, has worked for the last year with EU states on plans to deepen EU co-operation in secur(...)

Syrian Democratic Forces fighters near destroyed airplane parts inside Tabqa military airport after taking control of it from Islamic State fighters, west of Raqqa city, Syria, earlier this week. Photograph: Rodi Said/Reuters

In the summer of 2014, the movement that became known as Islamic State took the world by surprise when it seized the Iraqi towns of Mosul, Tikrit and (...)

Patrick Honohan, outgoing governor of the Central Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The rate of economic growth is being exaggerated and may be leading to overconfidence in planning for the future, the outgoing Central Bank governo(...)

Syrian migrants on an overcrowded dinghy try to disembark on the shore of the Greek island of Kos this week. Photograph: EPA/YANNIS KOLESIDIS

The beheading earlier this week of Khaled al-Asaad, an 83-year-old archaeologist, by Islamic State militants in the Syrian city of Palmyra brings into(...)

A UK referendum provides an opportunity to turn its problems into the problems of the EU as a whole. Photograph: The Irish Times

A referendum on British membership of the European Union seems a near certain bet, whether held in 2017 as promised by prime minister David Cameron or(...)

‘While Tunisia has been regarded by most observers as the model case of democratic transition in the region, following the turmoil of the 2011 Arab uprisings, it too has experienced significant instability, although not on the scale of its neighbours in the region.’ Tunisians wave banners and their national flag during a demonstration in Midoun, north east of Djerba on March 20th, two days after gunmen attacked the National Bardo Museum. German writting on placard reads: “We don’t want any terrorists in Tunisia.”Photograph: ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images

Earlier this week, Tunisia became the latest country to suffer a violent attack at the hands of militants linked to the so-called Islamic State (IS). (...)