Burton was bursting to refer to the CSO figures and she finally got her way when she said that Ireland was probably the strongest growing economy in Europe. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /THE IRISH TIMES

Ministers smiled a lot in the Dáil yesterday. Government backbenchers had a spring in their step and were in strong voice when heckling the Opposition(...)

 Running back Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens addresses a news conference with his wife Janay (not pictured) at the Ravens training centre. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Ray Rice appealed his indefinite suspension from the American National Football League (NFL) for domestic abuse as two sponsors expressed concerns ab(...)

 Chinese President Xi Jinping:  reform plan. Photograph: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

The leading European business lobby group, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, has called on Beijing to speed up the process of economic (...)

Apple: under intense scrutiny from China’s consumer watchdogs.  Photograph: AP Photo/Andy Wong

It’s not just the Europeans who are feeling targeted by China’s antitrust probes. A new survey by the US-China Business Council shows that foreign bus(...)

President Michael D Higgins: “Time we got real about housing.”  Photograph: Frank Miller 2:00

President Michael D Higgins has said there is a housing “crisis” and a “real and urgent need” for more public housing in the State.Housing was a “bas(...)

A woman is reflected on the glass wall of a BMW showroom in central Beijing. An anti-trust probe into global auto makers is being cheered on by car dealers in China, who say that companies such as Audi and Mercedes-Benz have been exploiting their dominance to boost profits. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Beijing has been sunny and warm, with pollution running at manageable levels, but the mood among foreign companies operating in China is decidedly dar(...)

The walls and towers of the Kremlin are reflected in a window of a closed Moscow McDonald’s restaurant. Photograph, Reuters

McDonald’s has said Russia’s consumer-safety regulator is inspecting more than 100 of its restaurants after the world’s largest fast-food chain was fo(...)

A woman is reflected on the glass wall of a BMW showroom  in central Beijing. Since July,  BMW is among at least seven foreign carmakers that have announced price cuts following the NDRC investigation, in an attempt to stave off accusations of anticompetitive behaviour. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

Beijing has been sunny and warm, with pollution running at manageable levels, but the mood among foreign companies operating in China is dark after(...)

McDonald’s has been struggling to attract new US customers in changing fast food landscape. Photograph: Bloomberg

McDonald’s has confirmed long-time restaurant executive Mike Andres will take over as president of the chain’s US operations as Jeff Stratton retires(...)

A Chinese retailer is offering insurance to customers who buy infant milk powder, highlighting the lengths to which companies are going to address con(...)