Yanis Varoufakis, Greece’s finance minister, leaves the finance ministry in Athens on Wednesday. He says he will resign if the voters back a Yes in referendum on Sunday. Photograph: Yorgos Karahalis/Bloomberg

When I attended a major economics conference in Athens this time last year, I was struck by the mood of cautious optimism about the prospects for the (...)

Contrasting styles . . . Greece prime minister Alexis Tsipras and Taoiseach Enda Kenny chat during a recent summit. Photograph: EPA/Julien Arnand.

The reckless and chaotic way the Syriza government is risking the future of the Greek people in a game of political poker it can’t win throws a favour(...)

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(...)

People cool off in a fountain of a park in Madrid as a major heatwave spreads up through Europe, with temperatures hitting nearly 40 degrees. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

The warm summer weather is set to continue through Wednesday, although cooler and cloudier conditions have set in across the west and southwest of the(...)

Migrants disembark from a Norwegian vessel in the Sicilian harbour of Palermo. Photograph: Guglielmo Mangiapane/Reuters 2:07

European Union leaders have finally reached a highly conditional deal to help illegal immigrants who have fled across the Mediterranean in recent mont(...)

 Patrick Honohan, governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, arriving at the Banking Inquiry at Leinster House, Dublin, June 25th, 2015. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A senior European official warned that Ireland could be a Lehman Brothers moment for Europe, the banking inquiry was told on Thursday. It was a refere(...)

Michael Noonan has emerged as the best – if not only – friend of Greece’s minister for finance, Yanis Varoufakis, at the negotiating table. Photograph: Reuters

As Greece and its euro-zone partners inch towards a deal this week, Moody’s issued a report yesterday looking at what a Greek exit might mean for the (...)

‘It will be an interesting weekend. Such are the huge risks and uncertainties that both sides would face if Greece left the euro, a deal could be done, either on Monday or in the following days.’ Above, a young woman walks past a graffiti called ‘Death of Euro’ by French street artist Goin, in central Athens on June 19th, 2015. Photograph: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

Most of what you have read about the consequences of a Greek euro exit in the last while has been a mixture of speculation, conjecture and guesswork. (...)

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(...)

Ireland, Co Galway: €1 milion, Michael McCullagh Auctioneers

Michael McCullagh Auctioneers is seeking €1 million for this six-bedroom Ballinvoher House on 50 acres in Ballinasloe, Co Galway. We find properties f(...)