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Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar brought a memo on the study to Cabinet on Wednesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Mercosur trade deal between the EU and four South American countries would boost Irish exports by more than €1 billion while leading to a “margina(...)

British PM  Boris Johnson and his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison during their bilateral meeting in the garden of 10 Downing Street in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

The UK’s first post-Brexit trade deal sets a dangerous precedent for Irish food producers – farmers and food industry representatives here have warned(...)

Tommy Moyles, Ardfield, Clonakilty, Co Cork. Photograph: DOL

“Any competitor is a threat, and this is a big one,” says Tommy Moyles, as he tends his 130-strong herd of premium beef cattle on high ground overlook(...)

No sanctionable clauses requiring the EU and Mercosur countries in South America to respect climate or environmental protection  Photo by Carl de Souza/AFP via Getty

There are no sanctionable clauses requiring the EU and Mercosur countries in South America to respect climate or environmental protection in the treat(...)

Protesters demonstrating outside the Economy Ministry in Berlin this week. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

The Mercosur trade deal between South American countries and the EU faces “a rocky ride” if there is a failure to honour climate commitments and to ad(...)

Former president Mary Robinson was speaking at the remote Global Ireland 2020 conference. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland needs to approach climate diplomacy on the global stage “with a deep sense of humility”, given its past failures to address the consequences o(...)

Farmers protest outside the Dáil following the announcement of the Mercosur trade agreement. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The upcoming trade agreement between the EU and Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay – the Mercosur bloc – “fails across sustainability criteria an(...)

A victory for Joe Biden in November may restore rules-based globalisation as the default mode of international economic interaction. But it will look very different from globalisation of the 1990s. Photograph: Carolyn Kaster/AP

If Joe Biden wins the US presidential election in November, the temptation will be to see Donald Trump’s years in the White House as a temporary aberr(...)

Julie O'Donoghue (centre) canvassing with Kieran O'Donovan, Aidan Casey, Julie O'Donoghue, Maria Casey and Stephanie Browne during the general election in February 2020.

Julie O’Donoghue has spent much of the week reading and rereading the programme for government document negotiated by some of her Green Party colleagu(...)

 Brazilian former soccer star Ronaldinho Gaucho (R) along with his brother Roberto  de Assis  in the prosecutor’s office in Asuncion, Paraguay. Photograph: Paraguayan public prosecutor/EPA

Former Barcelona and Brazil striker Ronaldinho Gaucho was being questioned by Paraguay’s authorities on Thursday after arriving in the country with wh(...)

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