The Netherlands outgoing foreign minister Frans Timmermans (right) transfers his duties to Bert Koenders at the foreign ministry in The Hague on October 17th.  Photograph: Valerie Kuypers/ EPA

You probably won’t have heard of Bert Koenders, which is typical of the man. Until last week he was the United Nations chief of mission in Mali, so we(...)

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Today ours is a four-letter word beloved of many, despised by the few. It could only be golf. A game by any other name, to the few. The one true relig(...)

Dr Sean Barrett said a report in 2010 found that only 39 of the Department of Finance’s 542 staff were economists trained to a masters level or higher - less than 10 per cent of the department’s total staff.

The lack of obvious economic expertise within the Irish banking sector increases the likelihood that Ireland could see a repeat of the property bubble(...)

The Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton hosted a conference call with officials and executives from up to 60 US multinationals yesterday afternoon, to discuss some of the measures that might affect them.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

State agencies and Government Ministers and officials have launched a co-ordinated campaign of letters and phone calls to senior executives of fore(...)

 Irelad captain Roy Keane in action against Portugal at Lansdowne Road. ,  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.The Irish times.

Time to draw on a selection of excellent Ireland performances from the archives.June 2001Republic of Ireland 1 Portugal 1Most Irish soccer fans will r(...)

US media coverage referred to the use of the tax loophole by American companies including Apple, Google, LinkedIn and other large multinational and technology companies. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The Government’s decision to end the controversial “double Irish” tax arrangement used by multinationals to slash their tax bills has received promine(...)

Graziano Pelle of Italy celebrates after scoring against Malta at Ta’ Qali Stadium  in Valletta. Photograph:   Claudio Villa/Getty Images

The Netherlands’ poor start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign continued on Monday evening as a Gylfi Sigurdsson brace earned Iceland a 2-0 victory (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Government is to propose a significant new tax policy related to companies’ intellectual property as part of tomorrow’s budget.The move is a bid (...)

Men’s football final: Dubai Celts play Qatar GAA at last year’s Asian Gaelic Games 4:15

As this article rolls off the presses in Ireland and goes online in the early hours of Saturday morning, on the other side of the world, more than 800(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has claimed  the country was now in “a different space” from the situation a few years ago, when unemployment and interest rates soared as 250,000 lost their jobs.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Irish health service should introduce a policy of having no waiting lists and incentivise staff to achieve this goal, a conference on health servi(...)