Ruairi Quinn: “Ireland is a very conservative country. There are only two countries of the 28 EU member states that have never had a Labour-led, or even majority Labour government: Latvia and Ireland.” Photograph: Frank Miller

There is a poignancy about the rows of black-and-white photographs of Labour TDs that line the long corridor leading to Ruairí Quinn’s Leinster House (...)

Prime minister David Cameron addresses MPs in the House of Commons in London, to lay out his case for staying in the European Union.  Photograph: PA Wire

David Cameron has ruled out a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership, ridiculing the idea that a vote to leave could be a prelude to negotiating(...)

The pound fell the most since 2009 after London Mayor Boris Johnson, one of the UK’s most popular politicians, said he’ll campaign for Britain to leave the European Union in a June referendum. (Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

The pound fell the most since March 2009 after London Mayor Boris Johnson, one of the UK’s most popular politicians, said he’ll campaign for Britain (...)

Volkswagen Financial Services, a bank owned by Volkswagen, in Braunschweig, Germany. Volkswagen Financial Services has helped VW’s growth, but its focus on the company’s cars could endanger profits if the emissions-cheating scandal continues to undercut sales. (Gordon Welters/The New York Times)

Volkswagen is more than just a scandal-plagued automaker. It is also one of Europe’s largest banks, and its loan portfolio appears vulnerable to the (...)

The fear that the US, the world’s largest economy and considered the lone engine of global growth, is on the verge of recession has intensified.

Leading global economists now see a 20 per cent chance of the US falling into recession this year, and a diminishing likelihood of the Federal Reserve(...)

Clerys: liquidated last June.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Cheyne Capital, the London hedge fund that gave the developer Deirdre Foley the financial welly for her €29 million Natrium buyout of Clerys, has chan(...)

Spanish incumbent prime minister Mariano Rajoy speaks during a press conference after the national executive meeting of the Popular Party in Madrid on December 21st, 2015. Photograph: Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty Images

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy said on Monday his centre-right People’s Party (PP) would talk to like-minded rivals in a bid to form a governmen(...)

Danske Bank has said crude could hit $25 before declines in output  push prices back up

Oil rose 3 per cent yesterday as short-covering and technical support halted its slide to 11-year lows, but traders said the market remained fundamen(...)

Ratings agency Moody’s said that it will only upgrade Ireland further if the public debt ratio were to be reduced further at a rapid pace. (Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg)

Ratings agency Moody’s said on Monday that it would downgrade Ireland again if the next government were to pursue “a materially different fiscal poli(...)

Wealth Secrets Of The 1% – How The Super Rich Made Their Way To The Top by Sam Wilkin is priced €18.99

‘The rich are different from you and me,’ F Scott Fitzgerald famously wrote in the 1920s. There has certainly been a fascination with the wealthy over(...)