The euro’s decline has bolstered the spending power of employees in Ireland – mostly working for US multi-nationals or the American Government – on dollar contracts. Photograph: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic

The euro’s recent decline in value against other major currencies is viewed as a good thing for the country’s exports and tourism industry. It has als(...)

Chairman of the British Athletic Association Lord Coe with President of the Olympic Council of Ireland Pat Hickey, Minister of State for Transport Tourism and Sport Michael Ring TD and sculptor Paul Ferriter at the unveiling of sculpture of the London 2012 Olympic Torch. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Three years to Rio and Rory McIlroy’s Olympic marathon doesn’t look like flagging. Even the intervention of a Lord yesterday could not ease the(...)