Wikileaks founder Julian Assange says the Australian block on reporting of political bribery allegations is ‘blindfolding the Australian public’. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

A sweeping gagging order issued in Australia to block reporting of any bribery allegations involving several international political leaders in the re(...)

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 (...)

Cathal O’Connell: “The BMI brand has huge heritage, over 70 years of heritage.” Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Two years ago, Cathal O’Connell was facing a task that many were bluntly telling him was impossible. He and a small team in East Midlands Airport in B(...)

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(...)

Froam left: Croatian foreign minister Vesna Pusic, Italian foreign minister Federica Mogherini and EU high representative for foreign affairs Catherine Ashton prior to the start of a foreign affairs council meeting at the EU council headquarters in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Julien Warnand

EU foreign ministers threatened Russia with deeper economic sanctions yesterday, ordering the European Commission to draw up proposals on specific (...)

New York Stock Exchange traders: We are, according to one finance professor, biologically predisposed to screw up in our investment choices. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Investing is simple but not easy, as Warren Buffett once quipped, which is why so few people seem to follow that simple dictum about buying low and se(...)

“The data that came in was in 2008 before your collapse. Ireland does well because you were doing well economically.”

A co-author of a 2010 report that ranked Ireland highest on an index of countries most faithful to Islamic economic teachings says the country is lik(...)

Emissions from ships and boats amountto a billion tonnes or 3 per cent of globalgreenhouse gas emissions – twice that of the international aviation industry

Shipping is one of the silent global polluters. Emissions from ships and boats amount to a billion tonnes or 3 per cent of global greenhouse gas emiss(...)

Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations Vitaly Churkin (centre) warned the UN Security Council  against  attempts to pressure an investigation into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Photograph: Reuters

The shooting down of flight MH17 on Thursday afternoon in Ukrainian airspace potentially opens up a new front in the ongoing tensions between the West(...)

Top Irish sailor James McCann of the Royal Cork Yacht Club racing in the eighth gold fleet race on the fourth day of the Optimist European Championships 2014 on Dublin Bay yesterday.

A twelfth and 31st scored in the first two races of the boy’s gold fleet finals yesterday dropped Royal Cork’s James McCann one place to 14th overall (...)