Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen: decision to step down to seek EU role took EU community by surprise. Photograph: Reuters/Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva

The race for the top jobs in the European Union intensified this week following the decision by Finnish prime minister Jyrki Katainen to step d(...)

Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart, has been shortlisted with nine other writers for the €100,000 2014 International Impac Dublin Literar(...)

A worker operates a control panel used to pour hot liquid metal from a cauldron in the melting shop at the Metso Oyj plant in Tampere, Finland.  Photograph: Ville Mannikko/Bloomberg

British engineering company Weir Group has approached Finnish rival Metso over a possible $5 billion combination that would expand its mining b(...)

 Catherine Day, secretary general of the European Commission: “It’s like a lot in life. Timing is everything. “Conor McCabe Photography.

Europe’s top civil servant has said political conditions do not favour a swift renewal of the Government’s stalled campaign to “cash in” a pledge b(...)

President Barack Obama meets Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Brussels on Wednesday. Photograph: Doug Mills/ The New York Times

US president Barack Obama’s four-day visit to Europe continued yesterday with a visit to the EU headquarters in Brussels, where he held talks w(...)

A woman holds a candle during a vigil at College Green, Dublin, remembering those lost to suicide

Ireland has exceptionally high rates of suicide among young males and females but lacks a national strategy on prevention, a Europe-wide report(...)

 A spectator watches the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin. Photograph: Barry
Cronin/EPA

Irish people enjoy among the highest quality of life and standard of living in Europe, according to the European Union. The news will co(...)

Newly-minted 2 cent  coins. A new trial by the National Payments Plan suggests their days could be numbered.Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Could we be about to see the end of one and two cent coins? A new trial by the National Payments Plan suggests their days are numbered. A trial(...)

Ships in Dublin Port being loaded with goods for export. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Irish exporters shipped €86.9 billion worth of goods to more than 200 countries and territories last year. They sold snails to France, guns to (...)

The findings of the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency survey on violence against women are important and shocking. The study of 42,000 women acros(...)

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