Ireland’s beef sector would be particularly vulnerable to a massive influx of beef, not least with Brexit looming.

A European Commission trade deal offer to Latin American countries which has provoked strong protests from European farmers, on Friday faced sharp cri(...)

Jean-Luc Melenchon, leader of the far-left France Unbowed, who wants the European  flag replaced with the flag of the United Nations. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of the far-left France Unbowed, says the blue and gold European flag is a “sectarian emblem” symbolising the EU’s Chris(...)

British chancellor Philip Hammond: “The enemy, the opponents, are out there on the other side of the table. Those are the people that we have to negotiate with to get the very best deal for Britain.”   File photograph: PA Wire

British chancellor Philip Hammond has said he regrets his “poor choice” of words after branding the European Union the “enemy”. Mr Hammond, who has f(...)

Extensive sea ice late in the summer meant the Adélie penguins had to travel further for food and all but two chicks starved. Photograph: WWF/PA Wire

A colony of more than 18,000 pairs of Adélie penguins in Antarctica suffered a catastrophic breeding season with just two chicks surviving, experts ha(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said there had been movement towards agreeing the text of the principle governing the Common Travel Area between Ireland and the UK. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney stressed inroads had been made on Irish issues on Friday as he moved to play down the lack of progress in B(...)

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban: “The world should understand that what is at stake today is nothing less than the future of the European way of life, and of our identity.” Photograph: Gergely Botár/kormany.hu

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has urged other European leaders to join him in helping protect Christians from persecution, even as he rejects(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at Cork Chamber’s business breakfast at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Photograph: Darragh Kane

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has expressed confidence that sufficient progress will be made in Brexit talks between the EU and Britain on Ireland, citizens’(...)

Many are now wondering just how far down the road to completion will a transaction need to be to qualify for the old rate? Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Stories that the exchequer had “lost” millions of euro as commercial property dealers rushed sales through ahead of Tuesday night’s well-flagged incre(...)

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe at RTÉ Radio 1 for Today with Sean O’Rourke. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Up to the early 1980s, the production of the budget was a major logistical exercise for the Department of Finance. Any change in the draft meant that (...)

The fourth formal day of engagements for President Michael D Higgins’ State visit to Australia was dominated by business and economics.

Australia’s political leaders have told President Michael D Higgins that they see the United Kingdom’s chances of creating new post-Brexit trade agree(...)