People walking past a retail store that is having a sale in Rome. Italy slid into recession for the third time since 2008 in the second quarter. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

The European Central Bank (ECB) faces fresh calls to adopt growth-boosting measures after data out yesterday showed growth in the euro zone has stalle(...)

Wilbur Ross: reported to be leading a group that agreed to invest €400 million in Cyprus’s biggest bank via a private placement. Photograph: David Sleator

The archbishop of Cyprus has taken the unusual step of urging thousands of small investors in the island’s biggest bank to reject a €1 billion share s(...)

Members of the Lord Edward’s Own historical re-enactment group at Kilcoole’s heritage weekend marking the north Wicklow village’s role in the Irish Volunteer gun-running 100 years ago. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Reconciliation, diversity and reflective consideration of Ireland’s chequered modern history dominated sentiment in the Wicklow village of Kilcoole as(...)

A man walks past a closed branch of the Bank of Cyprus in Nicosia. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/The New York Times

International lenders concluded a fifth review of Cyprus’s economy today, saying the island was making “relatively good progress” after a bailout last(...)

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(...)