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War in Syria: Three years on

Posted on by Paul Cunningham

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

In the Shadow of the Fleet

Posted on by Tony Connelly

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

Francis ‘The Informal’ – One Year On

Posted on by Joe Little

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

Service remembers Mayo inventor buried in London

Posted on by David Davin-Power

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

Kenny reaction to Flannery resignation

Posted on by David Davin-Power

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

What Russia wants, and what the West can do

Posted on by Tony Connelly

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.

Crimea on a knife edge

Posted on by Tony Connelly

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

Latvia joins club of 330m Europeans using euro

Posted on by Tony Connelly

  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.

The bailout may be over, but don’t expect anything to change

Posted on by David Murphy

By David Murphy, Business Editor Ordinary Irish people won’t notice the slightest difference between life before and after the bailout. Banking problems persist, unemployment is still high and the economy is sluggish. Conditions are improving. But it is far too … Continue reading

Conscientious objection a controversial issue in Italy’s abortion regime

Posted on by Ray Donoghue

By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels It may come as a surprise, but a relatively liberal abortion regime has existed in Italy since 1978. Law 194 was introduced following a determined campaign by women’s groups, but also due to the … Continue reading

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