EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly found the EU’s executive body’s approach to publicising meetings with tobacco lobbyists  was “inadequate, unreliable and unsatisfactory”.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The European Commission has rejected a ruling by EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly which found that the Commission breached UN transparency rules in its mee(...)

Former Irish rugby international Ronan O’Gara will speak at the Bord Gáis Energy leadership conference at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday.  Photograph: Eric Luke

Debt has been a defining issue in Ireland for the past seven years, and this week it will be the main focus of a conference taking place in Dublin. T(...)

Catherine Day: former secretary general of the European Commission is succeeded by Alexander Italianer. Photograph: Alan Betson

The incoming secretary general of the European Commission assumed his new role on Tuesday, marking the end of the 10-year tenure of Irish official C(...)

The note on the Merkel phone call in 2011

German chancellor Angela Merkel admitted in a 2011 phone call that Greek debt would be unsustainable even after a second debt write-down, according to(...)

Irish EU official Catherine Day is to step down as Secretary General of the European Commission at the end of August following almost 10 years in the role.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times.

Irish EU official Catherine Day is to step down as secretary general of the European Commission at the end of August following almost 10 years in the (...)

Greece’s finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, minus Lycra shorts and mop. Photograph: Kostas Tsironis/Bloomberg

Picture, if you will, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan wearing nothing but a pair of Lycra cycling trunks and carrying a mop, listening to the Eury(...)

Passengers arrive at Gatwick Airport. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Immigration into Britain from eastern European countries that joined the European Union in 2004 is heavily concentrated in poorly paid occupations in(...)

IDA chief Martin Shanahan: ’Ireland isnot afraid to be out front. We will play hard and we will compete hard but fair to win.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The recent public scrutiny of the tax affairs of multinationals has had no adverse effect on Ireland’s reputation as an investment location the head o(...)

 Luxembourg Finance Minister Pierre Gramegna (right) speaking to Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Mr Gramegna was in defensive mode today

Luxembourg’s finance minister staunchly defended his country’s tax regime today, arguing that the tax deals revealed in The Irish Times and other m(...)

A convoy of East German cars queue up at Unter den Linden avenue in East Berlin before crossing the border line under the Brandenburg Gate into West Berlin as a result of the opening of the Berlin Wall on November 11th, 1989. Photograph: Derrick Ceyrac/AFP/ Getty Images

‘We are pleased that German unification is taking place under a European roof”. These words from the conclusions of the European Communities summit in(...)