Minister for Jobs and Enterprise  Richard Bruton: “We have shown significant improvements in our cost position and that is reflected by  surveys of the National Competitiveness Council.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland’s international economic competitiveness had improved significantly in recent years, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bru(...)

The ING logo is displayed in Amsterdam, NetherlandS. Photographer: Jock Fistick/Bloomberg

ING, the largest Dutch bank, said today it would scrap 1,700 jobs over the next three years as part of an online banking push and would book a provisi(...)

Conor Harte, of Racing Bruxelles, along with Shane O’Donoghue and Kyle Good who play with Antwerp’s Dragons will play against France. Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

The winter break across Europe will slowly see the Irish senior men’s team return to full training together after players were spread across Belgiu(...)

The Mayo News was founded in 1892 by nationalist PJ Doris, espousing an ethos of “independence and progressiveness, while serving the local community”. Photograph: www.mayonews.ie

Irish weekly publication The Mayo News has won best local newspaper in Europe at the 2014 European Newspaper Design and Concept Awards.The Westport-ba(...)

The Government’s scramble to reduce water charges and increase allowances means households will end up paying the cheapest water rates in Europe. (...)

RTÉ’s Head of Television Drama Jane Gogan described the Netflix’s Love/Hate deal as “fantastic news for RTÉ and Octagon Films”. Photograph: RTÉ

RTÉ’s crime drama Love/Hate is to be dubbed into German and French. The creators of Love/Hate have signed a deal with European Netflix which will see (...)

The products will be sold in countries and jurisdictions where they are legal, including cannabis in some places

Seattle-based private equity firm Privateer Holdings has agreed a deal with the estate of the Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley to launch a global canna(...)

Áine Mannion (left) and Aideen Elliott of We’re Not Leaving which launched a proposal document, All Mod Cons, about the private rented sector yesterday. Photograph: Dave Meehan

European-style rent controls are needed to limit soaring price increases for private rented accommodation, campaigners have warned.The youth movement(...)

Dutch far-right Party for Freedom leader Geert Wilders in Schilderswijk: there have been problems  with supporters of Islamic State flying the flag, literally, for the new caliphate. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/AFP/Getty Images

When the mayor of a major city such as The Hague writes formally to his city council to warn that they have neither the resources nor the expertise to(...)

Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney has moved to reassure the public that there is a plan in place for combatting bird flu. Above, a  digger is used to dump eggs and chickens  at a poultry farm where a highly contagious strain of bird flu was found by Dutch authorities. Photograph: Marco De Swart/Reuters

Alison Healy Food and Farming Correspondent Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has moved to reasssure the public that contingency plans are in pla(...)