A man carrying a Christmas tree walks past a mural depicting a Saltire design in Leith, Edinburgh on St Andrew’s Day. Support for independence has increased to 54 or 55 per cent. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA

In Edinburgh, the silence is everywhere, in empty restaurants and deserted train stations, with people walking quickly by, heads down, and masks on. W(...)

Daniel O’Connell  was surrendered to UK authorities by detectives from the Garda extradition unit. Photograph: Collins Courts

An Irish man has been surrendered to British authorities for failing to pay a decades-old multimillion-pound fine for tax evasion. Daniel O’Connell ((...)

The court was told a garda surveillance operation was in operation at the time of the alleged dangerous driving

Eleven men appeared before Killarney District Court on Tuesday each charged with dangerous driving on Sunday afternoon last at a scenic spot near the(...)

A grey squirrel in Santry Forest.  Photograph: Michael Keating

Ballymun is Michael Keating’s home town and he knows that what he sees there is not what everyone else sees. The bus driver and wildlife photographer(...)

Youths wrapped in a Catalan, a Spanish and a Catalan separatist flag walk through a street  in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph: Jon Nazca/Reuters

Following Spain’s transition to democracy in the 1970s, Catalan nationalism was marked by moderation, caution and gradual progress. The Catalan moveme(...)

 Swimmers among boats in Mogadishu, Somalia. The country’s  upcoming presidential election has been billed as a milestone by UN officials, but analysts say the election is really a milestone of corruption. Photograph: Tyler Hicks/New York Times

Politicians have been peeling off wads of hundred dollar bills to buy votes. Others have shown up for parliamentary races standing next to a political(...)

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon: she retains the overwhelming support of her party, with few dissenting voices heard during the SNP’s three-day conference. Photograph:  Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The UK has entered a “new political era” dominated by right-wing Conservatives, according to Scotland’s first minister. Addressing thousands of suppo(...)

Tory Party leadership contender Theresa May has ruled out a second referendum if elected leader and prime minister. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Israel’s Haaretz, bewildered by the last election result, put up a podcast that it entitled simply: “We the people have spoken (What the hell did we s(...)

Musician Bruce Springsteen played his first Irish concert in 1985. File photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

It was 31 years ago when Bruce Springsteen played his first concert in Ireland and made the front page of The Irish Times. A crowd of more than 65,0(...)

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon: The SNP leader is among the most vocal proponents of the EU. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

When the UK last held a referendum on Europe in 1975, more than two-thirds of English voters wanted to remain in the then European Community. Support (...)

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