It was a good day for Paddy Power, with shares rising 0.9 per cent to €69.85, a near all-time high. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Global equity markets and crude oil rose yesterday after more data pointed to an improving US economy, helping to offset intensified worries ab(...)

Overflowing sewerage pipes and increased discharge from farm waste have been blamed for bacterial pollution at Newcastle beach in Co Down.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The quality of water at one of Northern Ireland ’s most popular seaside resorts is among the worst in Europe, environmentalists warned today.(...)

Brent crude futures rose this morning, after slipping to a low, as the euro zone could face a tighter banking regime after the Cyprus deal. REUTERS/Yusuf Ahmad

Brent crude remained steady above $108 (€83.87) a barrel on Tuesday on concerns the Cyprus bailout could set a new precedent in restructuring t(...)

British prime minister David Cameron delivering a speech on immigration at the University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich yesterday. Photograph:  Chris Radburn/PA

Last month, a Nigerian woman and a Spaniard were abused by a local woman in the A&E of Ipswich Hospital in Suffolk, declaring that they wer(...)

Dancers line out in an array of dress styles at An Comhbhail World Irish Dance Championships at City West Hotel yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It was grey and bitterly cold outside the Citywest conference centre in Dublin, but the riot of colour inside offered an uplifting contrast. (...)

France’s finance minister Pierre Moscovici (left), IMF managing director Christine Lagarde, and Germany’s finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble  at  a Eurogroup meeting  in Brussels.  Photograph: Sebastien Pirlet/Reuters

Chancellor Angela Merkel has welcomed yesterday’s agreement with Cyprus for sparing taxpayers with (...)

Hedge fund giant SAC is unlikely to be displeased with having to cough up $602 million to settle charges of insider trading in Elan shares. (...)

Ireland has one of the fastest-growing recycling rates in Europe. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Recession and a marked fall in personal consumption has helped Ireland meet all but one of its EU waste recovery targets. Figures release(...)

A sign in a Nicosia shop window yesterday informs shoppers that only cash will be accepted. Some analysts have suggested Cyprus’s GDP could fall by 20 per cent over the next few years as a result of the bank restructuring plan. Photograph: Milos Bicanski/Getty Images

Ten days after a rescue package was first proposed for Cyprus, the group of lenders involving the Eu ropean Union and the International Monetar(...)

A man waits to make a transaction at a Laiki Bank ATM in Nicosia yesterday. Cyprus’s two insolvent banks are being put through resolution procedures that will see equity holders and bondholders lose out and uninsured deposits subjected to a substantial write-down. Photograph: Reuters/Yorgos Karahalis

From an Irish perspective the most remarkable aspect of events in Cyprus is how they represent a complete reversal of Eu ropean policy from the(...)