Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

The head of a key European institution has said that Sunday’s referendum in Greece falls below acceptable international standards for such plebiscites(...)

New Irish citizens at a citizenship ceremony in 2013. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Nigerian citizens were the largest single group among those who received Irish citizenship in 2013, according to figures by Eurostat. Nigerian citize(...)

Mosney reception centre for asylum seekers, in Co Meath. Photograph: Frank Miller

Official figures to be published today will show 250 people sought asylum in Ireland last month. The numbers so far this year – an average of 230 a (...)

Peter Sutherland: said the migration crisis was a problem “which can only be dealt with collectively, not in isolation to one another”.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

EU leaders defended their decision not to back mandatory quotas for migrants at a summit of EU leaders, pledging to agree a plan to redistribute 40(...)

A computer enhanced image of the Poolbeg incinerator

Since the LuxLeaks revelations late last year it has seemed as if all roads, suddenly, lead not to Rome but to Luxembourg. So there was something al(...)

 Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras is welcomed by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker ahead of a meeting on Greece in Brussels. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

It is somewhat ironic that this week’s scheduled summit of European Union’s leaders was expected to deal with the bloc’s grand plan to deepen economic(...)

Banking Inquiry: Former secretary general, Department of Finance Kevin Cardiff recounted a hilarious Sir Humphrey-type conversation at the time with a colleague from another country. Photograph: Leah Farrell/Photocall Ireland

It turns out that Ireland’s double Eurovision winner Johnny Logan isn’t just popular in Turkey. Kevin Cardiff said yesterday that Logan was also a hit(...)

Computer generated image of proposal: US company Covanta is to spend €500m on the Poolbeg incinerator, with another €100m coming from the four Dublin local authorities

Funding for the building of the waste to energy incinerator in Poolbeg, Dublin, is coming from a company in Luxembourg with a structure similar to the(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny arrives in Brussels for a Eurozone emergency summit on Greece. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters. 1:23

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that a deal on the Greek crisis is needed within the coming days but he played down the possibility of a definitive agre(...)

Together both alcohol and tobacco in Ireland costs 70 per cent more than the EU average price. Photograph: Thinkstock.

Alcohol and tobacco prices in Ireland are the most expensive in the European Union, according to a Eurostat survey. Together both alcohol and tobacco(...)