John FitzGerald: research showed successive governments had maintained welfare rates in spite of a massive increase in numbers requiring support.

Income inequality in Ireland has narrowed during the economic crisis due to the protection of welfare rates and middle-income earners shouldering the (...)

Loic Remy: scored 14 goals for Newcastle last season, before dip in form after the sale of Yohan Cabaye. Photograph: Getty Images

Liverpool have taken their summer spending over €100 million – and could go beyond €125 million in the coming days – after agreeing a €25 million fee(...)

International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde and Minister for Finance  Michael Noonan. Ireland would need the full agreement of EU member states to separate the IMF and European portions of the bailout package. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The Government is in discussions with its international lenders about repaying some of its bailout loans early, in a move that could save the exche(...)

Joachim Pfeiffer: said of Ireland “there were bubbles in the real estate sector, there were bubbles in the banking sector and all of this was home-made”.Photograph: Maxwell’s

Ireland has “no chance” of securing a deal on its legacy bank debt, one of the most influential figures in German politics has told The Irish Times.J(...)

IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard: “Advanced economies are still confronted with high levels of public and private debt, which act as brakes on the recovery.”  Photograph: EPA/Alex Cruz

The International Monetary Fund has downgraded its outlook for global growth, blaming a “weak first quarter” in which the US economy contracted and “(...)

Astana Pro Team’s Vincenzo Nibali (centre) sits inside the peloton before his fourth stage win.  Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Vincenzo Nibali claimed his fourth stage success of the 101st Tour de France to all-but seal overall victory. Nibali (Astana) added victory on the 145(...)

Robbie Keane of the Los Angeles Galaxy greets Wayne Rooney of Manchester United before the US side’s 7-0 drubbing at the Rose Bowl. Photograph: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

Ander Herrera is sure Louis van Gaal will do his utmost to keep his Manchester United players grounded after their 7-0 destruction of the Los Angeles (...)

Ireland: Dublin18: €900,000 Sherry FitzGerald

France, Tarn Thirty-six acres of parkland, woodland and meadow come with this 19th-century maison de maitre, gite and outbuildings. The main h(...)

European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso: on a trip to Israel last month he said the EU could offer a “special privileged partnership” to both Israel and a future Palestinian state. Photograph: Gil Cohen Magen/AFP/Getty Images.

Foreign policy moved to the top of the EU agenda this week following the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.But while Tuesday’s meeting of forei(...)

 Luis Suárez (left) and Iago Aspas (right) have both left Liverpool for Spain.  Photograph:  Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images

Iago Aspas says his former Liverpool team-mate Luis Suárez has been “treated like a murderer” by Fifa after the Uruguayan bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellin(...)