A bank draft was sent to the Empress Eugénie in Paris and, following a discussion with a French organisation established to assist casualties, the committee also decided to form an ambulance corps. Portrait of Empress Eugénie by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1853

Ireland’s first halting attempt to alleviate distress abroad took place 150 years ago during the Franco-Prussian War. In 1870, the Second French Empi(...)

Spain said the Balearic Islands, which include Ibiza, and the Canary Islands should feature on Ireland’s green list. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government is unlikely to immediately review countries on its so-called green list or to consider regional travel corridors, in spite of some stat(...)

Children wearing plastic face visors in class at Kinugawa Elementary School in Nikko, Japan. Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images

Schools all over the world closed their classrooms and sent children home in the early days of the pandemic. Many have returned, many are preparing to(...)

Arclight is pursuing the Spanish government for breach of contract through an arbitration process overseen by the World Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson

Investors in Irish renewable energy fund Arclight are in line for a €20 million-plus payout after the business borrowed €43 million through a bond iss(...)

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez (centre) walking with  Basque Socialist Party candidate Idoia Mendia (second right) before  a Basque Country regional election rally in Vitoria, northern Spain. Photograph:  EPA/David Aguilar

Spain holds its first elections since Covid-19 struck this Sunday, and both scheduled ballots have been overshadowed by concerns about new outbreaks o(...)

Nuria Bravo  holds to her newborn son Jesus next to her husband Francisco Pimentel,  and their children Cristina and Daniel  as they greet to the neighbours from the balcony of their house after she gave birth during a lockdown amid the coronavirus disease, in Ronda. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

Countries across Europe are tentatively easing coronavirus restrictions in a bid to try to allow as much normal life as possible while keeping the dis(...)

People exercising at Trocadero square in Paris, France,  during  lockdown. Photograph:  Reuters/Gonzalo Fuentes

The French and Spanish governments will on Tuesday outline detailed plans to ease their lockdowns as more European countries seek to map out an exit r(...)

Brendan Boyle is originally from Tralee, Co Kerry but now lives in Madrid, where he lives with his girlfriend Larissa in the city before it shut down

 Brendan Boyle is originally from Tralee, Co Kerry and now lives in Madrid with his girlfriend. He  works in corporate communicati(...)

A patient is transferred to a medicalised hotel during the COVID-19 outbreak in Madrid, Spain. File photograph: Bernat Armangue/AP.

The Spanish government has withdrawn 9,000 Chinese-made coronavirus testing kits from use after it emerged that they had an accurate detection rate of(...)

A sign that reads in Spanish: ‘Thank you #IstayAtHome’ hangs on the facade of the Madrid city hall.  Photograph: Bernat Armangue/AP

The Spanish government sought on Sunday to extend until April 11th a state of emergency that it has imposed to try to control Europe’s second-worst ou(...)

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