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(...)

The Irish Financial Services in Dublin. An economist said there was no guarantee Facebook, Google and other Silicon Valley companies would be in the country in 10 years time.

Ireland needs a “plan B” for a vibrant economy which can survive the withdrawal of foreign direct investment in the next decade, the director of the N(...)

Sea change: Mary O’Hara

After nearly 30 years in Denmark I have decided to apply for Danish citizenship. Why now? Because Denmark is enabling dual citizenship. The demand cam(...)

German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz (28). Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said Lubitz deliberately crashed the Germanwings aircraft into the Alps. 2:12

German police have begun searching the home of Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot who is believed to have ocked himself alone in the cockpit of a Germanwing(...)

Simone Menne, chief financial officer of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, speaks to employees following a minute’s silence for the victims of Tuesday’s plane crash, at the airline’s headquarters in Frankfurt. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg 2:24

Germanwings has rounded up to 72 the number of German nationals who died in yesterday’s Alpine plane crash.Employees of Lufthansa and its Germanwings (...)

France’s president Francois Hollande (2nd right), Spain’s prime minister Mariano Rajoy (centre) and German chancellor Angela Merkel (left) walk near crash site of Germanwings Airbus A320. Photograph: Robert Pratta/Reuters 2:24

Investigators have retrieved cockpit voice recordings from one of the black boxes of the German Airbus plane that smashed into the Alps, killing every(...)

Investment in European technology companies reached a four-year high in 2014

Investment in European technology companies reached a four-year high in 2014, with $5.7 billion going to 855 deals, a 78 per cent rise in funding on t(...)

“There are at least three ways in which small countries offer a valuable perspective on what is to come.” Photograph: Getty Images

Some will argue that Ireland’s recent aloof attitude to Greece has been misplaced in that it squanders an opportunity for a stronger, collective push (...)

 Cork’s inclusive choral group in rehearsal in the Rory Gallagher Theatre. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A community choir embracing gay, lesbian, bisexual and straight singers has this weekend launched a charity single to raise funds for the Yes campa(...)

Dutch dairy farmer Nils den Besten at his farm in Brandwijk

Ireland is not alone in eyeing the end of the EU quota regime as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand milk production.Nestled between Germany an(...)