The Apple investigation is examining whether its corporate tax arrangements gave it an unfair advantage over other companies. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Government has hired one of the most senior tax barristers in Britain to spearhead its defence in relation to the European Commission’s ongoing s(...)

Former Waterford Crystal workers and their representatives are due great credit for their persistence in the face of the indifference of successive governments to their plight. Photograph: Eric Luke

It was the ultimate blue-chip investment, a must in every sensible Irish portfolio. But even its storied history and the marketing genius of Anthon(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said a mediated process had been a “very good outcome” for the former Waterford Crystal workers. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland

A deal that has settled the long-running Waterford Crystal pensions dispute will cost taxpayers €180 million. A sum of €41 million will be made availa(...)

Michael O’Leary, chief executive officer of Ryanair. Photographer: Jin Lee/Bloomberg

Since the Government axed it last year, the air travel tax seems like a distant memory, while the extra routes and passengers to which the move seems (...)

Lawsuit is open to all Facebook users outside of the US and Canada as they have a contract with Facebook International, based in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Privacy campaigner Max Schrems has launched a class-action lawsuit in Vienna against US social network Facebook’s data retention practices.Mr Schrems (...)

Since the US senate committee hearing, Apple has said publicly that in fact, it never got a special Irish tax deal after all. If that is the case, you would expect it to seek to correct the record of the US committee meetings.

The European Commission has formally announced its investigation into the tax affairs in Ireland of Apple, but the fuse was first lit in May 2013.Then(...)

Spanish lawyer Mario Costeja González brought Google Spain to court after it refused to delete links to information relating to the repossession of his home in 1998. Photograph: EPA

Up to 20 people have approached the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) about having information about them removed from the internet fol(...)

The ECJ’s advocate general Pedro Cruz Villalón said in December that the controversial 2006 directive was unlawful and incompatible with the Charter of Fundamental Rights.

A European Union directive that required telecom operators to retain data for two years has been deemed “invalid”, Brussels’ highest court rule(...)

Andreas Vosskuhle, presiding judge of the Second Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany, puts on his cap after the ESM verdict in Karlsruhe, Germany. Photograph: Uli Deck/EPA

ESM chief Klaus Regling has welcomed the dismissal by Germany’s highest court of constitutional challenges to the EU’s permanent bailout fund. (...)

Judges of the  German constitutional court who referred the complaint to the European Court of Justice. Photograph: Reuters

Germany’s highest court has said countries availing of the ECB’s unlimited bond-buying programme may only do so by agreeing to forego debt cuts.The co(...)