Members of the Constitutional Convention will vote this week on what priority they would give to issues that coul(...)

A market in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

We hear a lot about austerity and have just suffered another unpleasant budget, but despite the economic realities faced by many hundreds of thousands(...)

Tom Arnold has been appointed special representative for hunger with humanitarian charity Concern Worldwide. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tom Arnold has been appointed special representative for hunger with humanitarian charity Concern Worldwide.Mr Arnold, who was chief executive of Conc(...)

Done deal: Hypo Real Estate Bank AG CEO Georg Funke (left) shakes hands with Depfa CEO Gerhard Bruckermann at a press conference in Munich on July 23rd, 2007 to announce that Hypo had agreed to buy Depfa for ¤5.7 billion to form, at the time, Germany’s biggest real estate financing company. photograph: thorsten jochim/bloomberg news/via getty images

There were few tears in Germany this week when Munich’s Hypo Real Estate announced it was auctioning off its Dublin-based lender, Depfa.In a caustic c(...)