Service remembers Mayo inventor buried in London

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 his family.

Kenny reaction to Flannery resignation

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 to have correspondents with Enda Kenny, even when he’s carrying out some uncontroversial engagement unlikely to generate any news in its own right. So it was when the Taoiseach was cutting the ribbon at an Irish Centre in Manchester.

What Russia wants, and what the West can do

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

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 two layers of militia preventing access in or an exit out, but many more layers of truth and myth over who is in charge, who are the heroes and who are the villains.

Latvia joins club of 330m Europeans using euro

  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

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 early to say that Ireland is out of trouble. 

Conscientious objection a controversial issue in Italy’s abortion regime

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 rise in illegal abortions. In 1981 there was a move by Catholic groups, supported by the church, to overturn the law, but it was defeated by nearly 68% in a referendum. A second referendum saw support for legal abortion rise …

Bailing in or bailing out: Depositors and the painful road to a banking union

By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels In Ireland we know only too well the cost of burdening the taxpayer with the fallout from a collapsing bank. The sins of the financial sector placed a €64 billion weight on the shoulders of current and future generations.

EU Budget 2.0: Crunch Time for Ireland’s Presidency

By Tony Connelly, Europe Editor, Brussels In November EU leaders failed to agree a new seven-year budget to run from 2014 to 2020. At the time Taoiseach Enda Kenny said Ireland would not have much authority going into our presidency if a deal wasn’t struck. The presidency is now under way, with little indication that November’s failure has had any discernible effect. However, failure to strike a deal this week would not do Ireland’s presidency any favours. “The consequences of …

Rough Justice?

By Paul Cunningham, Europe Correspondent The UN court based in The Netherlands, which was established by the Security Council to consider war crimes perpetrated during the collapse of the former Yugoslavia, is facing into its most difficult year since its establishment back in 1993. The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has successfully arraigned all 161 people it was charged with judging. Yet its independence is being called into question by three separate rulings it has delivered at the …