General Franco

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Fake photo: A “battle” in Tralee, in 1920, was restaged on Vico Road, Killiney, Co Dublin, by Dublin Castle press office

Fake news has come to the fore recently, particularly across the Atlantic. It is interesting that about 100 years ago in Ireland, practitioners of pro(...)

JJ Keaney with his son in Madrid, where he has lived since 2007.

In 2006 I left a well-paid and secure job with Intel Ireland to go travelling. In India, I met a Spanish girl and moved to Madrid to be with her. It w(...)

Gerry McGovern,  bar manager, The Claddagh Bar, Marbella. Photograph:  Solarpix.com

Returning to Ireland would be “like moving to a foreign country. I’d hate it,” says Kilkenny-born Amy Duggan. In Ireland she and her family have “no c(...)

Eyes on Gibraltar: the enclave’s 34,000 residents voted 96 per cent to remain in the EU. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty

Some of the titles still on the shelves of the old Garrison Library in Gibraltar: Charles Mayer’s Jungle Beasts I Have Captured; GP Sanderson’s Thirte(...)

Maria Purificacion Lapena, granddaughter of civil war victim Manuel Lapena, poses outside the entrance to the Basilica of the Valley of the Fallen (Valle de los Caidos), the giant mausoleum holding the remains of dictator Francisco Franco and over 30,000 civil war dead from both sides. Photograph: Juan Medina

General Franco, the dictator who governed Spain from his victory in the 1936-39 civil war until his death in 1975, left an oppressive legacy which per(...)

Pep Guardiola: is on the cusp of winning a seventh league title in three countries. Photograph: Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Thursday morning, Manchester City: as he surveyed the shock and awe, the red mist and the critical hiss from the previous evening in Liverpool – plus (...)

Catalonian nationalists attempted to link their drive for independence to that of Ireland. Eamon de Valera received a letter from the leader of the Catalan Youth Party that described Ireland as her ‘sister country’

The political situation in Catalonia has hit the headlines in recent weeks due to the disputed independence poll in October. During the Spanish Civil (...)

Carles Puigdemont, Catalonia’s president, applauds during a demonstration against the Spanish government and the imprisonment of separatist leaders, in Barcelona on Saturday.  Photograph: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg

The Spanish government’s plan to introduce direct rule in Catalonia is under scrutiny, with the region’s current administration warning that civil ser(...)

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has responded to every Catalan move towards this referendum with block-headed predictability, perfectly fitting the script set out for him by the ‘Govern’ in Barcelona. Photograph: JJ Guillen/EPA

Whatever happens next in Catalonia, the Catalan nationalists’ independence referendum campaign had already proved a significant success, from their ow(...)

Empty seats: Barcelona played Las Palmas at  Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain.  Photograph: Reuters/Albert Gea

By midday Spanish time yesterday, everyone following the images from Catalonia could see that the violence of the Spanish police in attempting to supp(...)

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