The Tánaiste, a tractor and a frozen food summit

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.

War in Syria: Three years on

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 figures are only increasing. Consider these three shocking extracts: – 9.3 million Syrians need humanitarian assistance; – 6.5 million people inside Syria have fled their homes; – Another 2.5 million have left the country altogether.