IFA President Eddie Downey said farmers were “extremely angry” that their confidentiality was being breached and their personal financial data made public. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Department of Agriculture is publishing details of payments received by farmers under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) this weekend. Member (...)

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde was perhaps a little loose with her words when talking to the ‘FAZ’. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

If loose lips sink ships, what might sink Greece? That was the question hovering over the G7 finance minister meeting in Dresden where journalists, ba(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte: with relations already tense over the shooting-down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, he said: “We condemn Russia’s actions – and we have told them so.” Photograph: ANP/Siese Veenstra/AFP

Diplomatic relations between Moscow and the Netherlands worsened last night when Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte described a decision to ban three (...)

 EU commissioner for agriculture  Phil Hogan: “It’s taxpayers’ money and I’m sure other sectors will follow suit in due course.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The publication of payments received by farmers under the Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) is not new. The details were published for a period in the (...)

“We welcome all the regulatory proposals from the Education and Justice Ministers announced this week, but we remain skeptical that they will be implemented,” says David O’Grady, chief executive of Marketing English in Ireland

Thousands of overseas students who came to Ireland to learn English have lost their courses and their tuition fees over the past year with the closure(...)

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe said what  Ryanair will do with their stake is a matter for them.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Minister for Transport says it is up to Ryanair to decide whether or not they will sell their €400 million Aer Lingus stake. It is a decision by (...)

Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, welcomes David Cameron, British prime minister, ahead of a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin  on Friday. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg.

German chancellor Angela Merkel promised on Friday to work with David Cameron to clinch a deal on reforming the European Union that would keep Britain(...)

Dino Maglio, a former police officer in Padua, was jailed for six and a half years in April.

A suspected serial rapist was free in the city of Padua for more than a year after authorities in Italy and the UK failed to co-operate on a rape c(...)

British Airways and Aer Lingus jets pass each other at Dublin airport. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It took longer than it ever imagined, but International Consolidated Airlines Group finally won the Government over to its €1.4 billion bid for Aer Li(...)

Facing down differences: employers with diverse teams believe it gives them a competitive edge. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

We might like to think of ourselves as a tolerant race but there’s evidence to suggest that Irish people may not be as welcoming as they would like to(...)