Supporters with Greek flags wait to hear Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras address an election rally at an indoor stadium in Athens yesterday. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters.

The prospect of the anti-austerity Syriza party winning Sunday’s general election poses a grave threat to Greece’s economic prospects, its place in E(...)

73 per cent of Irish respondents to the Eurobarometer survey said  the car is the form of transport they would most often take. Photograph: Eric Luke

A report by the European Commission’s Eurobarometer public opinion department has found that Irish drivers are second in the table when it comes to co(...)

 Patrick Honohan, Governer of the Central Bank, who spoke at the IMF conference in  Dublin Castle on Monday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

This occasion is of course an opportunity to mark the successful conclusion of the EU-IMF Programme of assistance to Ireland. I share the assessment t(...)

Leinster’s Jamie Heaslip in action against Harlequins’ Matt Hopper at the Aviva Stadium in December. Heaslip has recovered from a shoulder injury and is fit to face Castres. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It drew a self-conscious grin from Jamie Heaslip. The Leinster player, who rarely gets injured, sat beside his coach Mat O’Connor and had the good gra(...)

Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s chief marketing officer: airline operator’s certificate would open up  new markets in the region such as Israel, Turkey and possibly parts of the Middle East.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ryanair plans to continue with its plans to expand in Cyprus even though the national airline for which it was bidding has been grounded. The Irish a(...)

Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Syriza party, center, speaks to a packed hall of supporters during a pre-election party congress in Athens, Greece, on Saturday, January 3rd, 2015. Greece’s political parties embarked on a flash campaign for elections in less than three weeks that Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said will determine the fate of the country’s membership in the euro currency area. (Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg)

Mario Draghi’s July 2012 pledge to do “whatever it takes” to keep the euro intact has kept speculators at bay for almost three years. Bond yields fel(...)

An estimated 60,000 citizens of other European countries are treated in the Irish health service each year as visitors use their European Health Insurance Card or a UK entitlement document. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland has lodged substantial claims with 23 European countries in respect of the cost of treatment of their citizens by the health service here.The (...)

Ireland’s ambassador Isolde Moylan with Palestinian president Yasser Arafat, whom she met dozens of times, in his compound in Ramallah in 2000

Since 2010, Isolde Moylan, who has served as a diplomat for 40 years, has been accredited to five countries: Egypt, Sudan, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. (...)

European Commission president, Luxembourg’s Jean Claude Juncker (right) and Pierre Moscovici (left), the European Commissioner for economics, taxation and customs, attend a session at the European Parliament in Brussels  earlier this month. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

The European Commission has approved Ireland’s budget for 2015, but warned that the country should use the better-than-expected economic recovery to a(...)

IThe company involved in running the website refused to say who uploaded the images. Photograph: Getty

The PSNI is investigating how Northern Irish schoolgirls have had their pictures posted on a pornographic website that has paedophile viewers.A total (...)