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The Republic is a global hub for pharma and medtech, playing host to 24 of the top 25 biggest players, including Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Roche, Novartis and AbbVie. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Irish goods exports increased in value by €2 billion in November on the back of a surge in exports of medical and pharmaceutical products linked to th(...)

The value of goods exports to Britain in the first nine months of 2020 was €8.9 billion, a decrease of 11 per cent compared to last year.  Photograph: Alan Betson

The value of Irish goods exports has risen by 8 per cent to €122 billion so far this year. The strong performance, detailed in the latest trade figur(...)

EU-UK border checks from January mean that transport companies and hauliers face delays at British ports on the Irish Sea and English Channel, potentially disrupting the fastest and cheapest transit route currently between Ireland and mainland Europe. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Shipping companies will respond to “unanswered demand” for more direct ferry services to mainland Europe if Brexit congests the key UK “landbridge” ro(...)

Dutch chief epidemiologist Jaap van Dissel. Photograph: Bart Maat/ANP/AFP via Getty

New daily coronavirus infections in the Netherlands are back to roughly half their level at the peak of the pandemic, while France’s prime minister ha(...)

A motorcyclist flies a Confederate flag during a protest against a coronavirus stay-at-home order  in Olympia, Washington state, on May 9th. Photograph: Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images

Once in a while America’s former slave states resemble one of those horror movies in which the monster keeps lurching back to life. There have been en(...)

 Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters and supporters protest outside the US embassy in Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

Across the African continent, the killing of George Floyd in the US has prompted protests, but also debate about what a Black Lives Matter movement sh(...)

Just as the coronavirus ravages the world in the absence of a vaccine, so the banana disease fusarium wilt is marching inexorably around the globe, leaving a trail of scorched plantations in its wake

In the banana plantations of the tropical lowlands of Ecuador, workers are being issued with protective clothing and disinfectant is provided for thei(...)

Pharma exports account for about 60 per cent of total Irish goods exports, worth over €70 billion a year. Photograph: Louai Beshara/AFP via Getty Images

Irish exports jumped to a record €15.7 billion in March as demand for medicines and other treatments connected with the Covid-19 pandemic surged. The(...)

A health worker pushes a stretcher near an ambulance  in Tilburg, the Netherlands. File photograph:  Rob Enegelaar/ANP/AFP via Getty

An ambulance carrying a coronavirus patient from one Dutch hospital to another was delayed for more than 20 minutes at a motorway tunnel toll booth ne(...)

MPD has told shareholders, all diamond sales have been cancelled “until further notice”. Photograph: iStock

A Canadian diamond miner backed by Irish businessman Dermot Desmond has postponed gem sales and delayed the release of its full-year financial results(...)

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