Sspeculation is mounting that the European Central Bank will buy sovereign debt to stimulate the flagging euro-area economy. (Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg)

The yield on Irish government bonds fell to a record low of 1.477 per cent this morning, the lowest level since Bloomberg started collecting the data (...)

 People taking part in the anti-water charges protest march, in O’Connell Street, Dublin, earlier this month. Photograph: Eric Luke

The debate triggered by recent water charge-related incidents has focused attention on the scope and limits of our entitlement to protest. The startin(...)

Barack Obama evoked the tradition of European emigrants crossing the Atlantic to a “nation of immigrants,” including Irish and those fleeing famine, in making his case for legislative action. Photograph: Michael Nelson/EPA

US President Barack Obama referred to the number of illegal Irish immigrants in his hometown of Chicago during a high-profile speech kicking off his c(...)

 Signs made by attendees hang at the offices of 32BJ SEIU, a workers’ union, during a viewing party for US President Barack Obama’s speech on evecutive action immigration policy reform last night in New York City. Photograph: Kevin Hagen/Getty Images

What did President Obama announce about immigration last night?In a televised address from the White House, Mr Obama announced a series of executive o(...)

US President Barack Obama is shown on a large screen   before the start of the annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters 2:05

United States president Barack Obama has tonight pledged to “never give up” until immigration reform is a reality for the nearly five million people l(...)

‘Hidden Taxes: the EU’s Role in Supporting an Unjust Global Tax System’, compares the tax systems of 15 EU member states, with Ireland scoring poorly on all areas.

The European Union should introduce a centralised public register revealing the identities of beneficial owners of companies and trusts, according (...)

In 1982 Brian Farrell presided over the first ever televised leaders’ debate  in a general election, between the then heads of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, Charles Haughey  and Garret Fitzgerald  respectively. 4:23

Brian Farrell made an enormous contribution to Irish political life through his work as a broadcaster and an academic.Nobody else before or since has (...)

Irish Ambassador to London Dan Mulhall at the Cenotaph memorial in Whitehall, central London, during the annual Remembrance Sunday service. Photograph Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Everything about the Remembrance Sunday commemorations at the Cenotaph in Whitehall in London are minutely planned, down to the positioning of dignita(...)

For Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys, it is a busy time of commemoration.On a visit to Louisiana, the Minister honoured(...)

Brian Lenihan, the then minister for finance, and Jean-Claude Trichet, president of the European Central Bank: their correspondence from 2010 reveal that the ECB was calling all the shots.

The exchange of letters between the then president of the European Central Bank Jean-Claude Trichet and the late Brian Lenihan reveals the then financ(...)