German minister of defence Ursula von der Leyen and German minister for foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier at a press conference in Berlin yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Maurizio Gambarini

Berlin is ready to arm Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State militants in northern Iraq, the defence and foreign ministers announced yesterday.As the (...)

Beats Electronic Services director of operations Cathy Kearney: shuns the limelight but is one of Ireland’s most important business figures. Photograph: Apple

Congratulations to Cork accountant Cathy Kearney, head of Apple’s Cork operations, who has added another directorial title to her burgeoning business (...)

A huge euro logo is pictured next to the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) before the bank’s monthly news conference in Frankfurt. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

The European Banking Authority will for the first time publish details of banks’ losses from fines and litigation when it releases the results of Euro(...)

With no new austerity measures needed to meet deficit targets, Dermot O’Leary, chief economist with Goodbody Stockbrokers, said the government should look to widen income tax bands, reduce the higher rate of tax, and  refocus on capital expenditure. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/THE IRISH TIMES

The Irish economic recovery has gained momentum over recent months, meaning that no new austerity measures will be needed to hit the government’s 3 pe(...)

Renewing rural ireland

We all know what Éamon de Valera’s vision of Ireland was – “a land whose countryside would be bright with cosy homesteads, whose fields and villages w(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin: the annexing of of Crimea could have unforseen consequences for Russia’s plans to host the 2018 World Cup.

Officials fear penalty for breaching Uefa regulations in Russian Cup preliminary matches and falling foul of Vladimir PutinSKChF Sevastopol won 2-0 at(...)

Pedestrians walk past a branch of Allied Irish Banks in Dublin. Photographer: Crispin Rodwell/Bloomberg

Europe’s banks have done the heavy-lifting in the toughest ever test of their financial strength, but an intensive quality assurance process and decis(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald said   publication of the legislation was an important milestone towards the transposition of the EU Framework Decision on combating terrorism.

New anti-terrorist legislation to bring EU rules into effect in Ireland was published today by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. The Criminal (...)

If the Conservative party wins the UK general election next May, the British prime minister David Cameron has already promised to hold a referendum on(...)

The Methadone and Medication station in Mountjoy jail. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Prisons are still struggling to tackle drug and staffing problems, according to the latest round of prison visit reports released by the Department of(...)