Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he Government needs to look at the ‘consequences of any such decision’ by the UK to exit the European Union. Photograph: Inpho

The exit by the United Kingdom from the European Union would be a matter of “very serious concern” for Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. Speakin(...)

London think-tank Open Europe says: “Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the geographic proximity and high levels of trade, our modelling suggests that Ireland would be hit the hardest.”

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union could be more costly for Ireland than it would be even for the UK itself, according to an economic s(...)

Critics of the proposals emanating from a UN agency have dubbed them the “Irish model law” because of the alleged role of an official from the former Irish Medicines Board  in drafting them

The Irish medicines regulator has been dragged into an international row over proposals to tackle counterfeit drugs. Critics of the proposals emanat(...)

Baby onesies, made in Africa, with ‘Made in Europe’ printed on the front. Photograph: Ute Grabowsky/Photothek via Getty

‘We are not a charity” is the mantra of the The Ethical Fashion Initiative. It was formed as part of the International Trade Centre, itself a joint(...)

 A group of visitors to Beijing’s Military Museum pass a missile: World Trade Organisation says China’s export controls on rare earths, used in missiles, are illegal.  Photograph: Natalie Behring/Reuters

The World Trade Organisation says China’s export controls on rare earths are illegal and the 15-year quota system must now be abandoned, the state age(...)

A labourer works atop the Shanghai Tower in the financial district, which is the world’s second-largest skyscraper and the latest addition to the city’s famous skyline. Photograph: Reuters

Not far from the grey-bricked street where the Chinese Communist Party held its inaugural meeting in 1921, there is a Langham boutique hotel, a Tiffan(...)

Leaders pose for a group photo at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit at the International Convention Center in Yanqi Lake, Beijing. Photograph: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan

There were lighthearted moments during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit in Beijing last week: the odd censoring of coverage of a mo(...)

Activists protest against planned trade pacts, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Ceta (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) with the US and Canada, in Berlin earlier this month. Photograph: Reuters

American cars have bigger bumpers than European ones. That may sound like a trivial detail but it, and others like it, have big ramifications for dipl(...)

Mary Lou McDonald of Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin has published a Private Members’ Bill calling for the mandatory employment of the long-term unemployed and apprentices in State contracts(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charlie Flanagan. A letter outlining the US Chamber of Commerce’s objections to the European Commission on the Government’s plans to introduce plain packaging on tobacco products was handed to the Minister’s private secretary at a chamber-hosted business breakfast in Washington on Tuesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

One of America’s most powerful business groups, the US Chamber of Commerce, has lodged an objection with the European Commission on the Government’(...)