Ireland’s fertility rate, at 2.01 live births per woman (in 2012), was the highest in the EU (along with France), but it is still below the population replacement level of 2.1 per cent.

Ireland has the highest proportion of children in the European Union, according to a new report.Last year, the proportion of children in Ireland (coun(...)

Ireland was ranked behind the UK, Austria and Lithuania, among others, but scored above the average of 31 per cent. Hungary and Cyprus ranked lowest in the survey. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland has been ranked sixth best out of 19 EU member states in a survey of measures in place to guard against “undue influence” in the political sys(...)

 Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.  Russia has expressed interest in the Greek transport sector and the ports of Piraeus and Thessaloniki. Photograph: Alexandros Vlachos/EPA

ALEC LUHN Determined to take Greek-Russian relations out of “the deep freeze”, a defiant Alexis Tsipras flew to Moscow yesterday for talks with pres(...)

Nicos Anastasiades, Cyprus’s president, reacts during the Ninth Cyprus Summit in Nicosia . Photographer: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Bloomberg

Cyprus will lift on Monday all the capital controls it imposed in 2013 amid a chaotic bailout, president Nicos Anastasiades said on Friday. “The lifti(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB) during a press conference following the meeting of the Governing Council in Frankfurt. Photograph: Daniel Roland /Getty

European Central Bank (ECB) policymakers have raised concerns that upbeat euro zone growth forecasts issued by their own staff may prove weaker than a(...)

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis (R) shakes hand with his Spanish counterpart  Luis De Guindos   during an extraordinary euro zone finance ministers meeting (Eurogroup) to discuss Athens’  bailout. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters.

Greece and the Eurogroup of finance ministers have reached deal in principle to extend the country’s bailout by four months. The agreement remo(...)

As well as its outlets in Cork and Dublin airports, ARI runs duty free stores in Bahrain, Barbados, Canada, Cyprus, Lebanon, Oman, and India. The business has a turnover of close to €880 million a-year.

State company Aer Rianta International (ARI) has won a contract to operate a new duty free concession at New Zealand’s largest airport from next July.(...)

Omaima (left) Fatima and Somaia Halawa sisters of Ibrahim Halawa whose trial in Egypt has been postponed. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The trial of Irish national Ibrahim Halawa was yesterday postponed until March 29th and the venue was moved from the police academy on the outskirts o(...)

  Chancellor George Osborne  is understood to have told Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis that London  will not be sympathetic to Athens’s debt demands. Photograph: Peter Nicholls/Reuters

Suzanne Lynch and Mark Hennessy Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras travels to Brussels tomorrow for meetings with the head of the European Commission(...)

Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy stands behind bars at a court in Cairo in a May  2014 file photo. Mr Fahmy is  expected to be deported to Canada within days. Photograph: Reuters

Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste said yesterday it was a great relief to be freed from prison in Egypt, but that he felt “incredible angst” about le(...)