European Council President Donald Tusk:  “I am really afraid of this ideological or political contagion, not financial contagion, of this Greek crisis”. Photograph:  EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

A spectre is haunting Europe following the economic and financial upheavals of recent years and that spectre is political chaos. In Ireland it is evid(...)

Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella: Ireland among the ‘more generous’ countries in accepting refugees.  Photograph: Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Italy’s president Sergio Mattarella has praised the Irish response to this year’s Meditteranean migrant crisis. Speaking to the Italian parliamentary(...)

Former chairman of the US Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke: in a recent blog he makes several telling points about the mess the euro zone finds itself in.  Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, is reinventing himself as a blogger. In his most recent posting he makes several telling (...)

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras “has become an enigma: a childlike man, bewildered by a situation he has mistakenly created”. Photograph: Aris Messinis /AFP/Getty Images

The English aristocrat, historian and gothic novelist Horace Walpole wrote: “No country was ever saved by good men.” After six months of Syriza’s prin(...)

Irish tax refund specialists Taxback. com have introduced an online service to help people recover tax withheld on share dividends in other countrie(...)

Not such a bad spot: Ireland scored highly in terms of having friendly and welcoming people and a beautiful country

Ireland has been ranked in 11th place out of 55 countries in a new survey ranking nations by their reputation. The Republic was ranked ahead of the (...)

Italian Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan, Dutch Finance Minister , President of Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem, International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde, Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan and French finance minister Michel Sapin at the start of a special Eurogroup Finance ministers meeting on Greek crisis at EU council headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

There will be no immediate budgetary implications for Ireland if a third bailout for Greece is agreed, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said. (...)

A pensioner waits to receive part of his pension at a National Bank branch in Athens. Euro zone leaders clinched a deal with Greece on Monday to negotiate a third bailout to keep the near-bankrupt country in the euro zone after a whole night of haggling at an emergency summit. Photograph: Yiannis Kourtoglou/Reuters

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras is battling to convince members of his government to back a third bailout offered by euro zone leaders after marat(...)

Protesting outside the Greek parliament against agreement for a third bailout with euro zone leaders. Photograph: Getty Images 1:12

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras was facing open rebellion in his coalition as he moved to act on demands by Greece’s lenders for a series of cuts (...)

Head of the eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem: “A lot of trust had been lost . . . it has to be rebuilt.”  Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

  Negotiations on a third bailout for Greece will take at least four weeks, the head of the eurogroup of finance ministers predicted yeste(...)