US secretary of state John Kerry has urged Ireland to continue providing humanitarian aid in Iraq and Syria for people affected by the rise of the Islamic State militants, Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan has said.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

US secretary of state John Kerry has urged Ireland to continue providing humanitarian aid in Iraq and Syria for people affected by the rise of the Isl(...)

EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht speaks during a discussion on transatlantic trade and investment  in Washington. Photograph: AFP/Getty

Negotiators seeking to conclude a trade agreement between the US and Europe must “step up a gear,” the EU’s trade commissioner Karel de Gucht s(...)

The United States and the European Union, after nearly two years of preparation, start talks today aimed at securing a free-trade agreement.

The United States and the European Union, after nearly two years of preparation, start talks today aimed at securing a free-trade agreement to squeeze(...)

A trade deal between the European Union and the United States could add €800 million to the Irish economy and create up to 4,000 jobs, Richard (...)

EU trade ministers are closer to reaching "the common position" required to begin negotiations on a new EU-US trade agreement, according to Min(...)

Richard Bruton, Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, hopes the new EU-US free trade pact can be signed off during the Irish presidency of the EU council. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton hopes the new EU-US free trade pact can be signed off during the I(...)

Richard Bruton: due to meet ambassador Ron Kirk, the US trade representative

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton will meet senior figures from the Obama administration today in Washington to discu(...)