Michael D Higgins, the 9th President of Ireland, this week becomes the first holder of the office to pay a State visit to the UK. The busy four-day programme of events is another significant milestone in what has often been … Continue reading
By Martina Fitzgerald, Political Correspondent What do a Massey Ferguson tractor, the French President, Francois Hollande, and a frozen food summit have in common? They all featured on the Tánaiste’s itinerary during his three-day visit to France.
By Paul Cunningham, Europe Correspondent The United Nations regularly updates its ‘fact sheet’ on the war in Syria – a conflict which is now entering its fourth bloody year. The UN information bulletin is a grim statistical record, and the … Continue reading
By Europe Editor, Tony Connelly Alexei Alexeivich puts on his Soviet naval cap and strikes a pose in front of his bedroom mirror. With a sheepish grin, which breaks into an infectious laugh, he pulls in his 59-year-old paunch. The … Continue reading
By Joe Little, Religious and Social Affairs Correspondent This day last year, the Argentinean Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected the first non-European Pontiff in 1,300 years. Since then the 77-year-old has frequently broken with precedent, most notably by choosing … Continue reading
By RTÉ’s Political Correspondent David Davin-Power By any standards, Louis Brennan had a remarkable life. Born just after the Great Famine that carried away five of his siblings, his parents emigrated to Australia with the ten-year-old and what remained of … Continue reading
RTÉ’s Political Correspondent David Davin-Power reflects on Enda Kenny’s reaction to the resignation of Fine Gael strategist Frank Flannery. Local politics has a way of intruding no matter where you are. That’s part of the reason broadcasters and newspapers like … Continue reading
By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Simferopol Although the referendum on Crimea’s future is not until 16 March, Russia’s actions are already birthing a new creation. The speed of Moscow’s invasion-by-stealth has been breathtaking.
By Tony Connelly, RTÉ Europe Editor As Russia intensifies its grip on Crimea, they are creating facts on the ground. But in this most surreal of struggles, facts are never what they seem. At the Perevalnoye naval base, there are … Continue reading
By Europe Editor Tony Connelly The euro has had so few ringing endorsements over the past four years that the accession of Latvia to the single currency on 1 January must feel like manna from heaven.