An elderly man cries outside a national bank branch as pensioners queue to get their pensions in Thessaloniki on Friday. Photograph: AFP

The European Commission has denied talks are ongoing between the Greek government and EU lenders on a bailout deal ahead of Sunday’s referendum. Speak(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan set a deadline – July 1st – for the banks to clarify their intentions about lowering their standard variable mortg(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan spoke about the plight of undocumented Irish in the US. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said the plight of undocumented Irish in the US is “not just a St Patrick’s Day issue”. Along with T(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras during an EU summit in Brussels in April. Photograph: John Thys/AFP /Getty Images

If a referendum goes ahead in Greece, it must be a question of whether Greeks wish to remain part of the EU, said Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Greece could (...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton said she would like to see an increase in child benefit in the next budget.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Tánaiste Joan Burton is seeking an increase of about €5 in child benefit – or €60 a year – as discussions get under way over the Government’s final pr(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton said the Government was keeping ‘a very close watch’ on events in Greece. File Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A Government statement said the Economic Management Council (EMC) met on Monday evening to discuss “developments in Greece and across the euro zone”. (...)

Universal health insurance  would abolish Ireland’s existing two-tier system with a single tier system by effectively making everyone a private patient Photograph: Andrew Wong/Reuters

The annual cost of universal health insurance (UHI) to cover a standard package of benefits for one adult could be between €2,000 and €3,000, external(...)

Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis attends a euro zone finance ministers emergency meeting in Brussels on Saturday. Photograph: Reuters

Euro zone finance ministers have rejected Greece’s request for a five - month extension to its bailout, sparking fears that Greece may default as earl(...)

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras leaves the EU Council headquarters after a European Union leaders summit in Brussels on Friday, June 26th. Photograph:  Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

Here is a tale of two economies: Ireland and Greece. One can raise money at interest not far above 1.5 per cent from borrowers; the other remains lock(...)

Peter Sutherland: said the migration crisis was a problem “which can only be dealt with collectively, not in isolation to one another”.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

EU leaders defended their decision not to back mandatory quotas for migrants at a summit of EU leaders, pledging to agree a plan to redistribute 40(...)