Members of the Garda Emergency response Unit on a simulted hostage rescue exercise. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The Government has been urged to be more open with the public about what could happen in the event of a major terrorist attack in Ireland. Security (...)

The report says that much of the extra investment needed should be funded by part of the proceeds of the planned privatisation of the bank shares currently in public ownership

State spending on public infrastructure should be increased by at least €15 billion over the next six years to ensure future economic growth and devel(...)

European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici: vote could have implications for Ireland if the European Commission rules against Apple in its ongoing investigation into its tax relationship with the State. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

EU countries should be compelled to inform other member states in advance of plans to introduce tax initiatives that could affect their own o(...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: ‘The EU should be ashamed’. Photograph: Dan Balilty/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union has insisted it will continue to participate in the Middle East peace process, despite Israel’s announcement on Sunday that it woul(...)

 Ireland is not part of the Schengen arrangements on travel and visas, but  it and the UK have applied to take part  in  police and criminal judicial co-operation measures. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ireland’s passport control system is to be updated in the coming years to connect with a European Union database that provides warnings about s(...)

Yaakov Henig, a graduate student at Ariel University, and Eliyashiv Drori, an oenologist at the university, taste wine made from local grapes at the university in the occupied West Bank. Photograph: Rina Castelnuovo/The New York Times

The new crisp, acidic and mineral white from a high-end Israeli winery was aged for eight months or, depending on how you look at it, at leas(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny shakes hands with French president Francois Hollande upon his arrival for the opening of the UN conference on climate change, on November 30th, 2015 at Le Bourget, on the outskirts of the French capital Paris. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

On Monday I will join more than 120 other world leaders and the representatives of some 190 countries in Paris to support and mark the opening (...)

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras holds a joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Davutoglu following a meeting  in Ankara on November 18th. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

Greece’s prime minister Alexis Tsipras sparred over the downing of a Russian jet with his Turkish counterpart, Ahmet Davutoglu, in a Twitter (...)

EU Council president Donald Tusk arrives for the start of the EU-Turkey summit in Brussels. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Etienne Laurent/EPA

The European Commission is to draw up plans for a new resettlement scheme for refugees arriving in Turkey, after German chancellor Angela Mer(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with Turkish prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu and French president François Hollande at the summit meeting  at the EU headquarters in Brussels. Photograph: Thierry Monasse/AFP/Getty Images

The EU-Turkey agreement signed on Sunday represents one of the most significant political engagements by the European Union with Turkey for d(...)