Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon has said her office prefers to take an “engaged” approach to dealing with privacy issues that arise with mult(...)

Police officers ride through the centre of Utrecht on Thursday. The police workers’ union has announced it  will stage actions during the grand départ of the Tour de France in Utrecht on July 4th. Photograph: Jeroen Jumelet/EPA

Dutch police have threatened to bring the second day of the Tour de France grinding to a halt on the iconic Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam next Sunday(...)

Experts said that the Dutch decision was unlikely to affect prices on the EU’s emission trading system.

in The Hague Governments around the world face “a wave of climate litigation” and businesses will come under new pressure to reduce their emissions, (...)

The EU’s growing power in the field of data protection and internet regulation has divided member states, pitting a number of so-called “northern” countries including Ireland, Britain and the Netherlands against countries such as France and Germany. Photograph: PA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has written to European Council president Donald Tusk ahead of this week’s leaders’ summit urging the European Union to get the “(...)

A view of a Moy Park plant. The poultry producer has been sold by its owner to a 	Brazilian company in a deal worth €1.32 billion. Photograph: Brian Hallam/Moy Park

Moy Park, Northern Ireland’s biggest private employer, has been sold by its Brazilian owner to a local rival in a deal worth €1.32 billion. Debt-la(...)

Geert Wilders: When the cartoons did not appear on TV, Wilders reacted on Twitter, accusing NOS of “sabotage”, adding that the cartoons had been posted on YouTube. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Controversial anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders has been forced to withdraw an accusation of “sabotage” against the Dutch broadcasting associatio(...)

Right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders  at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, yesterday.  Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Moroccan mosques in the Netherlands have published a cartoon mocking right-wing politician, Geert Wilders – less than 24 hours before he is due to b(...)

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(...)

The Government has today decided to withdraw 1c and 2c coins from circulation, with prices being rounded up or down as appropriate. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Government has agreed to the rounding of prices involving 1c and 2c coins to the nearest 5c, which would lead to the withdrawal of the coins from (...)

Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders, who plans to air cartoons of the prophet Muhammad on  television. Photograph: Evert-Jan Daniels/EPA

Dutch embassies around the world have been briefed on how to cope with possible fallout, including violent protests, when cartoons of the prophet Muha(...)