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(...)

 Joan Burton: The Labour Party is fully committed to UHI, though not at any cost. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has criticised some of the models put forward for universal health insurance (UHI)as potentially very expensive. Ms Burton was sp(...)

Japanese ambassador Chihiro Atsumi throws a stone into a stream at the opening of the Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Garden in Tramore. Photograph: Patrick Browne.

A memorial garden in honour of one of the most famous Irishmen to have lived in Japan has been opened in Tramore. The Lafcadio Hearn Memorial Garden(...)

British prime minister David Cameron at the EU  summit in Brussels. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

By their denials, or, more importantly, by the lack of them, shall ye know them. This is usually a good guide to working out the private thoughts of p(...)