The disproportionate influence of ratings agencies in informing European policy responses to the current crisis is undermining the role of citizens in governing their democracies, President Michael D Higgins said.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The disproportionate influence of ratings agencies in informing European policy responses to the current crisis is undermining the role of citi(...)

A passerby uses his smartphone to take a picture of the euro sign landmark in front of the headquarters of the European Central Bank  in Frankfurt yesterday.  Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

The EU and euro area continue to face the most serious crisis in the history of integration. The European Union is in a period of transition that will(...)

The EMC is not just central to the management of the policy process; it is central to management of the coalition. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Although the focus is now on the constitutional convention and the Seanad referendum, the effectiveness of the heart of government, the core executive(...)

 Minister of State  Brian Hayes who is to discuss the management of the economy and public finances after the Troika leaves at the MacGill summer school this evening.

Rebuilding is the theme of today’s sessions at the annual MacGill Summer School. Reconstructing the banking system, creating a world class education s(...)

European Commission president José Manuel Barroso: “While the leap towards monetary union was taken, the economic leg of the EMU [European Monetary Union] stayed behind.” Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Further economic and monetary integration must be a priority if the European Union is to meet the challenges of the 21st century, a conference (...)

 The University College Dublin campus at Belfield.

Only three of the eight candidates to be interviewed for next president of UCD are internal applicants, setting up the possibi(...)