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Opel’s Irish operations will now be managed by the Gowan Group, which is also the Irish importer for both Peugeot and Honda (and which also includes a kitchen supplies company and Senator Windows)

As far as challenges go, putting Opel back on top is one of the bigger ones. The German brand was once, back in what we might call the Jack Charlton e(...)

‘Anyone who has been to the affected regions in northern Italy in the last 14 days and has a cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties or fever should self-isolate and phone their GP immediately.’

The St Patrick’s Day festival and other public events may face restrictions as a result of public health measures likely to force postponement of the (...)

Chris Patten delivered a lecture in Dublin in honour of the late businessman and statesman Peter Sutherland. File photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty

Former British Conservative Party chairman Chris Patten says he is “amazed” that the UK government regards a “level playing field” with the EU as “an (...)

Pedestrians wearing protective face masks pass  shops in  Milan, Italy, on Tuesday. Photograph: Camilla Cerea/Bloomberg

Iran’s coronavirus death toll rose to 16 on Tuesday, the most outside China, increasing its international isolation as countries as far apart as Sout(...)

A man wears a protective mask in Tehran, Iran. Photograph: Nazanin Tabatabaee/WANA via Reuters

Panic-buying of face masks in pharmacies and hardware shops has led to empty shelves across the country, while wholesale prices have soared as much as(...)

Travellers wear protective face masks at Central Station, Milan, Italy. Photograph: Matteo Bazzi/EPA

Italy has been the hardest hit nation by the Covid-19 coronavirus in Europe, with more than 280 people testing positive and seven people having died. (...)

Volkswagen has kicked off the building of batteries at what will become its own ‘Gigafactory’ for electric vehicle (EV) power sources in the next five years

Production of electric cars in Europe is stalling due to a lack of battery supply. Meanwhile, and not entirely unrelated, it looks as if the majority (...)

The Mate Xs folding smartphone.   Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Technology company Huawei has unveiled its latest folding phone, the Mate Xs, and added to its 5G products, indicating the company is set to continue (...)

A file photograph from January 2016 shows placards showing missing bookseller Lee Bo (L) and his associate Gui Minhai outside the China liaison office in Hong Kong. Photograph: Getty Images

A Chinese court has sentenced a Swedish bookseller to 10 years in prison on charges of illegally providing intelligence overseas, in what human rights(...)

Police stand guard outside a hotel  put under quarantine for coronavirus in the town of Adeje, Tenerife, on Tuesday.  Photograph: EPA

A number of Irish citizens in Tenerife have contacted the Department of Foreign Affairs after a hotel on the island was placed under quarantine when I(...)

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