Hit twice: drivers are paying for the poor performance of the insurance industry. Photograph: Thinkstock

We had become used, almost inured, over the decades, to steadily escalating car insurance costs in this country. Indeed, by the late 1980s and early 1(...)

Zurich shares plunged more than 9 per cent to their lowest since November 2012 after Zurich warned of an estimated $100 million (€92 million ) fourth-quarter business operating loss for GI, largely due to claims from storms and floods in Britain and Ireland.

Zurich Insurance issued a profit warning for its general insurance (GI) business on Wednesday, its second in four months, threatening its dividend and(...)

A Free Syrian Army fighter places a shell before firing it towards Islamic State fighters in the northern Aleppo countryside, Syria.  Aleppo’s eastern quarters are held by insurgents while Isis has a presence in the countryside east and south of the city.   Photograph: Reuters

US secretary of state John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov are due to meet in Zurich on Wednesday to try to settle differences between(...)

Floods surround a house in the Golden Island area of Athlone. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The Government has told insurance companies it wants them to change their stance on insuring homes and businesses protected by “demountable” or non-pe(...)

Barcelona’s Lionel Messi speaks to the audience after receiving the Ballon d’Or from acting Fifa president Issa Hayatou during the Fifa Ballon d’Or Gala 2015 at the Kongresshaus in Zurich. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

Even Fifa gets it right sometimes. In front of the usual Zurich crowd of power brokers, buffet-lurkers, desiccated legends and appallingly-tuxedoed s(...)

The logo of Swiss bank UBS is seen on a building in Zurich. Photograph:  Michael Buholzer/Reuters

Swiss authorities have banned six former UBS managers and traders for up to five years for failings related to market manipulation in foreign exchange(...)

lluminated artwork sits outside the Fifa headquarters following an executive committee meeting in Zurich yesterday. Photograph: Alessandro Della Bella/Bloomberg

The investigation into corruption and bribery in soccer that in May rocked Fifa to the core reached new levels yesterday. United States officials u(...)

Reporters are seen  outside the Baur au Lac hotel where Swiss police arrested Fifa officials, in Zurich, Switzerland on Thursday. Photograph: Reuters

The US department of justice unsealed a 92-count indictment in federal court in Brooklyn against 16 new defendants as part of its broadening Fifa corr(...)

The GAA pitch beside Coláiste Ghobnait on Inis Oírr. Photograph: Cormac Coyne

Windguru and Magic Seaweed are not websites most school principals would consult first thing every morning, but then Mairéad Ní Fhátharta’s daily rou(...)

Claire Moran: ‘Integration is no walk in the park and building friendships with locals takes time and effort.’

Swiss Autumn is alive. The colours and tastes of the season are pure magic. From cold foggy mornings to toasty sunny afternoons; from fresh p(...)