A number of EU commissioner designates, including Irish nominee Phil Hogan (above), will meet incoming European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker this week in Brussels. Photograph: David Sleator

Ireland is interested in securing an EU commissionership related to jobs, investment and growth, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said this weekend, suggesting t(...)

Apoel’s  Cillian Sheridan after scoring against  Aalborg BK  in a Champions League play-off game.

It’s almost six years since Cillian Sheridan made his Champions League debut for Celtic at Old Trafford and while he left a year or so later and th(...)

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary: could he be looking to take on the big beasts of the Gulf . Photograph: Eric Luke

Ryanair could find itself the owner of a small national airline that is not Aer Lingus. It is Cyprus Airways, a struggling carrier that has been leaki(...)

Cyprus Airways  is 93% state-owned but the government, which is still struggling from the collapse of the country’s banking system in 2012, is seeking to offload it. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Bloomberg

Ryanair is likely to offer just a “nominal sum” for loss-making Cyprus Airways, which it is eyeing as a potential foothold in the eastern Mediterrane(...)

 Tottenham players celebrate Harry Kane’s winner in the victory over AEL Limassol at the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium in Larnaca, Cyprus. Photo:  EPA

AEL Limassol 1 Tottenham 2 Erik Lamela inspired Tottenham to a 2-1 victory over AEL Limassol in the in the first leg of their play-off in Cypr(...)

People walking past a retail store that is having a sale in Rome. Italy slid into recession for the third time since 2008 in the second quarter. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

The European Central Bank (ECB) faces fresh calls to adopt growth-boosting measures after data out yesterday showed growth in the euro zone has stalle(...)

Wilbur Ross: reported to be leading a group that agreed to invest €400 million in Cyprus’s biggest bank via a private placement. Photograph: David Sleator

The archbishop of Cyprus has taken the unusual step of urging thousands of small investors in the island’s biggest bank to reject a €1 billion share s(...)

Members of the Lord Edward’s Own historical re-enactment group at Kilcoole’s heritage weekend marking the north Wicklow village’s role in the Irish Volunteer gun-running 100 years ago. Photograph: Peter Murtagh

Reconciliation, diversity and reflective consideration of Ireland’s chequered modern history dominated sentiment in the Wicklow village of Kilcoole as(...)

A man walks past a closed branch of the Bank of Cyprus in Nicosia. Photograph: Angelos Tzortzinis/The New York Times

International lenders concluded a fifth review of Cyprus’s economy today, saying the island was making “relatively good progress” after a bailout last(...)

Crowds gather in front of the GPO on O’Connell Street, in Dublin, in November, 2010, as the country entered the final hours of negotiations for emergency EU and IMF loans aimed at preventing the crisis from spreading to Portugal and Spain and threatening the future of the euro. Photographs: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Two years ago, economists were still taking bets on the probability of a euro zone break-up. Today the threat of a currency collapse has receded. T(...)