Economist Dr Peter Bacon at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry on Wednesday.

(...) improve medium and long term planning of development of the east region.He said specific recommendations(...)

Royal Bank of Scotland is said to be aiming to cut as many as 14,000 jobs in its investment banking units across the United States and Asia. (Photograph: Getty Images)

(...) its investment banking operations from 25 countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. RBS could not(...)

IAG’s offer for Aer Lingus

(...), and also a strong Middle East interest. Aer Lingus would be very much “in play” with all the(...)

Isaac Herzog:  he said Netanyahu’s speech will  “only widen the rift with Israel’s greatest ally and strategic partner.” Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty  1:35

Binyamin Netanyahu’s political opponents reacted to his speech to the US Congress by expressing support for the campaign to prevent Iran obtaining a (...)

Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu: Characterised a deal with Tehran as the antithesis to a farewell to arms. It would, he told Congress, “be a farewell to arms control”. Photograph: Bloomberg 1:35

(...) that road, we’ll face a much more dangerous Iran, a Middle East littered with nuclear bombs and a(...)

Iraqi security forces and Shia fighters on a tank in the Salahuddin province on Monday. Iraq’s armed forces, backed by Shia militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad  as they launched an offensive to retake the city of Tikrit and the surrounding Sunni Muslim province of Salahuddin. Photograph: Thaier Al-Sudani/Reuters

Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and Shia militiamen sought to seal off Islamic State fighters in Tikrit and nearby towns on Tuesday, the second day of Ir(...)

 Fireworks explode over the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin as tens of thousands gather to celebrate the reunification of the two Germanys, October 3rd, 1990. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

(...) rates in the single currency being the same in East and West. Given that productivity in the East was(...)

US National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit was “destructive to the fabric” of the US-Israel relationship and endangered the US’s traditional bipartisan support for the Jewish state. Photograph: Getty Images

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu hopes his controversial speech later today before the United States Congress, in which he will warn against the emer(...)

US secretary of state John Kerry with  his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif,  during a new round of nuclear negotiations in Montreux, Switzerland,  yesterday. Photograph: Evan Vucci/Reuters

(...) the conflict has continued to soar.Kerry’s intensive pursuit of a Middle East peace agreement ended in(...)

On the frontline: Iraqi forces attack Tikrit 1:15

Iraqi security forces fired on a town being held by Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq's northern central province of Salahudin on Sunday. Video: CC(...)