William Reinsch: “We believe trade rules should trump health and other policies and generally this [plain packaging] is the kind of thing that makes people raise an eyebrow and find worrisome”

Ireland will continue to be a leading beneficiary of US foreign direct investment (FDI) but risks alienating investors by backing plain packaging for (...)

Liquidator Kieran Wallace of KPMG will announce  a significant surplus has resulted from the liquidation, after funds are repaid to secured creditors. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The State and other unsecured creditors are set to get an interim payout from the liquidation of IBRC before the end of this year.The joint liquidator(...)

US congressmen and governors and the world’s largest tobacco companies, including Philip Morris, are among the parties to have lobbied the Government to drop its plans for plain cigarette packaging. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Four US public health groups have praised the Government’s plan to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes, responding to lobbying efforts by the US (...)

Minister for Health James Reilly has proposed the introduction of standardised or plain packaging of tobacco products. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Some of America’s largest business organisations have urged the Taoiseach to rethink plans to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products. Such a m(...)