Crowds gather in front of the GPO on O’Connell Street, in Dublin, in November, 2010, as the country entered the final hours of negotiations for emergency EU and IMF loans aimed at preventing the crisis from spreading to Portugal and Spain and threatening the future of the euro. Photographs: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Two years ago, economists were still taking bets on the probability of a euro zone break-up. Today the threat of a currency collapse has receded. T(...)

The passenger left his seat, made his way to the cockpit, started banging on the door and demanded that the pilots let him in.

A Ryanair flight on route from Greece to Cyprus was forced to make an emergency landing in Athens last night after a passenger claiming to be an airli(...)

EOIN BURKE-KENNEDYHourly labour costs in Ireland fell by 0.2 per cent in the first quarter of this year, bucking a euro area-wide trend of rising wage(...)

Cedric Thornberry (centre) attending a symposium on peacekeeping in Dublin in 1999. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cedric Thornberry, who has died aged 77, was a pioneer in the teaching of international human rights law who continually sought to use his learning to(...)

Generation VW: A 2014 model Golf with its ancestor,  the Golf Mk1. Photograph: Richard Pardon.

Let’s rewind 40 years for a moment, to when this Kermit-green first-generation Volkswagen Golf was brand new. It was 1974 – appropriately, when the(...)

John Hourican: starting to make his mark as the chief executive of Bank of Cyprus. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

John Hourican is starting to make his mark as the chief executive of Bank of Cyprus, the crisis-addled institution he took over last October.The Dubli(...)

Economic commissioner Olli Rehn: “Many reforms initiated under the programme were of a long-term and structural nature, and it was in fact never expected that the process would stop due to the completion of the programme.” Photograph: EPA/Olivier Hoslet

Ireland has come under renewed pressure from the EU to maintain the tight budgetary consolidation imposed during its bailout. The warning came as t(...)

French economist and academic Thomas Piketty, poses in his book-lined office at the French School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Thomas Piketty’s Capital was still No 3 on the Amazon bestseller list when the Financial Times dropped its front-page bombshell. By picking through th(...)

Stelios Haji-Ioanno said Easyhotel is raising money to accelerate growthPhotographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Easyjet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou plans to list his budget hotel chain on the stock market, the first flotation the tycoon has attempted since (...)

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier:  appealed to all sides to “recognise their responsibility”. Photograph: Toby Melville /Reuters

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has urged those unhappy with the interim government in Kiev not to disrupt Ukraine’s presidential elec(...)