Eugene Murtagh, chairman, and Gene Murtagh, CEO Kingspan Group. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Kingspan was one of the first in its sector to begin drawing in its horns when recession loomed in the closing years of the last decade and it now app(...)

‘The right to housing would help those who are facing homelessness now and would be a fundamental safeguard against the recurrence of this gravely unacceptable crisis.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The haunting story widely reported recently of the family with three children under the age of six found sleeping rough in Dublin has once again focus(...)

The Reichstag in Berlin, where Angela Merkel’s  coalition will vote on the third Greek bailout. Photograph: Stefanie Loos/Reuters

Last week, the glass Reichstag dome atop Berlin’s parliament was closed to visitors when the air inside neared a scorching 50 degrees. Although it’s c(...)

When you are having your first child, it’s tempting – almost natural – to look at the most expensive options for everything. Photograph: Thinkstock

There’s no getting away from it: babies are expensive. According to the latest worrying estimates Pricewatch has read, those tiny bundles of joy ca(...)

George Stathakis, Greece’s economy minister, and finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos, await the vote in parliament: in the last two bailout-related parliamentary votes, a quarter of Syriza MPs withheld their support from the government. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

Euro zone finance ministers will convene on Friday in an extraordinary session to deliberate on the terms of the recently agreed Greek bailout after(...)

Citroen’s Irish operations are to be taken over by independent UK car distributor IM Group.

Citroën’s Irish operation is to be taken over by independent UK car distributor IM Group. The sale of Citroën Motors Ireland, which will be completed(...)

 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(...)