Dingle marine biologist Kevin Flannery examines the Bearcat fish which resides in the Artic region. Mr Flannery has been awarded with an honorary MSc from UCC for his work on Irish marine life. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

He is more often seen holding some bug-eyed denizen of the deep, but on Thursday Kevin Flannery exchanged the pier-side for academia to accept an hono(...)

China saw a rise of 70 percentage points in the ratio of corporate and household debt to GDP between 2007 and last year. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty

Balance sheets matter. This is the biggest lesson of the financial crises that have rolled across the world economy. Changes in balance sheets shape t(...)

Ireland, Cork:  €120,000, McCarthy and McGrath Auctioneers
Take Five for €120,000

McCarthy and McGrath Auctioneers is seeking €120,000 for this three-bedroom house in Midleton, Co Cork. We find similarly-priced properties around th(...)

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attends a cabinet meeting in the Greek parliament in Athens on Saturday. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP/Getty Images

Greece’s government prepared reform measures on Sunday to secure a financial lifeline from the euro zone, but was attacked for selling “illusions” to (...)

Cycling along the boardwalk in Porto
Pedalling through Porto, Portugal
  • Travel
  • February 22, 2015, 11:00

There are a couple of mysteries about Porto. Firstly, when did people start calling it Oporto? By all accounts, it seems to be a British “translati(...)

A friend calls Lisbon Europe’s most underrated capital when we tell him we’re off there for the weekend. There’s such a lot to love in its barrelly(...)

Pedro Passos Coelho: “The market conditions that Portugal has access to now are more favourable that those agreed on with the IMF and therefore we will save in the future by paying part of the IMF loan early.”  Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Portugal plans to make an early payment of about €14 billion of its bailout loans from the International Monetary Fund after borrowing costs dropped, (...)

Greek presidential guards in Athens. At issue again is the cohesion of the euro zone, and whether Germany, and a majority of the 19-member Eurogroup, are willing to countenance a Greek exit. Photograph: Reuters

Almost four weeks after Alexis Tsipras swept to power in the Greek elections, Greece and its international creditors remain locked in a game of high-s(...)

A dispute between shareholders in a frozen yogurt business has been settled, the High Court has heard. Stock photograph: Thinkstockphoto

A dispute between shareholders in a frozen yogurt business has been settled, the High Court has heard.Yelena Aust obtained temporary freezing orders l(...)

Yanis Varoufakis: we followed with amazement how the Greek finance minister staged a grand European tour like a rock star. Photograph: Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty Images

The first two weeks after Syriza’s victory in the Greek elections had the effect I feared. A sceptical northern European public was converted into a h(...)