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Eamon Gilmore: “ China is a priority market for Ireland and strengthening our relations with China is critical to our exporters and to our economic recovery as a whole.”

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore kicked off a four-day trade mission to China yesterday aimed at underlining the growing importance to Ireland of the world’s se(...)

Young entrepreneurs: “Each business had to pay €8 for a slot on the flyer, so they did. And we got 80 businesses taking part.” Twins Michael and Oisín (13) McGloin from Bundoran, Co Donegal

My first summer job actually started at Easter. My friend, who cannot be named for legal reasons – she went on to become a lawyer, but she’s actually (...)

Put your Mindset to work

Ostensibly a book for those looking for a new job, this volume concerns attitude to work in a wider context. It makes the point that what employers lo(...)

There are a lot of references to infrastructure in this week’s Asia Briefing, as we take a look at a freight rail link between China and Germany and t(...)

Major investment in China’s pharmaceutical research and development (R&D) sector, along with government-initiated reforms, looks set to kick off a(...)

Security guards board a train carrying Chinese products as it passes through Kazakhstan on its way to Europe.photograph: james hill/the new york times

Last week, a cargo train from Zhengzhou in Henan province in central China began services to Hamburg in the north of Germany as part of efforts to boo(...)

People walk along the Bund in front of the financial district of Pudong, in downtown Shanghai. The nightmare scenario for China’s leaders as they try to wean the country off a diet of easy credit and breakneck expansion is a local government buckling under the weight of its own debt. Photograph: Carlos Baria/Reuters

China will start a nationwide audit of government debt this week as the new Communist Party leadership investigates the threats to growth and the fina(...)

Natural gas flares are seen at an oil pump site outside of Williston, North Dakota. Photograph: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

Brent crude oil slipped towards $107 a barrel today, weighed down by concerns over demand growth, although a weak dollar and fears about supply disrup(...)

Sales of Danone’s dairy products were higher than predicted. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Danone, the owner of Evian bottled water and Activia yogurt, has reported second-quarter sales growth that beat estimates as the company sold more bab(...)

A customer walks up a staircase at an Apple shop in Hong Kong. A supplier of Apple products in China, Pegatron, has been accused of labour law violation. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

A labour rights group has accused a supplier of Apple in China of misconduct including withholding employees’ pay and environmental violations.The rep(...)

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