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The  National Treasury Management Agency headquarters in  Dublin. The agency raised €5.5 billion in a bond sale earlier this month, with the 10-year bonds priced to carry a negative market interest rate, or yield, of minus 0.257 per cent, meaning our creditors are effectively paying for the privilege of lending to us. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland has in recent years shed its PIIGS status. The slightly offensive acronym stood for Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, and Spain – the weakest (...)

Brian Fitzpatrick, Oriel Marine Extracts

The 11th Irish Times Innovation Awards will be held on January 27th. Some 15 leading Irish companies have been shortlisted across five categories for (...)

 Taoiseach Micheál Martin announcing further restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19 last week. Photograph: Julien Behal

Ireland has the highest Covid-19 infection rate in the world after more than 45,700 cases were recorded in the State last week. The disease spread fa(...)

The new airport will be the gateway for what Saudi Arabia intends to be a luxury resort covering more than 28,000 sq km on its west coast.

State company DAA’s international arm has won a contract to manage a new airport at Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Development Project. DAA International, a (...)

Errigal Bay is Ireland’s largest processor of wild Atlantic shellfish and has been supplying Lidl for 13 years. File photograph: Chris Maddaloni/The Irish Times

Donegal-based Errigal Bay, Ireland’s largest processor of wild Atlantic shellfish, has secured a €4 million deal with Lidl to supply stores in seven E(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron  greets Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi upon his arrival at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron flip-flopped again regarding human rights in Egypt during the state visit to Paris of Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah(...)

Stephen Kenny: “It (the media attention) was a big surprise (but) it’s not a concern for me.” Photograph: Inpho

Stephen Kenny says he will take what he gets when Ireland’s World Cup fixture list is finalised by Fifa on Tuesday. And the Republic of Ireland manage(...)

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly arrives at Government Buidings on Friday afternoon for the  Cabinet meeting to discuss easing Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions ahead of the Christmas period. Photograph: Laura Hutton

As Ireland gets ready to reopen for business next week, there is little reason to think a third surge of Covid-19 can be avoided next year. This is t(...)

 Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly said the State was currently facing significant challenges in the recruitment and retention of health and social care professionals. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The State is currently facing significant challenges in the recruitment and retention of health and social care professionals, Minister for Health Ste(...)

A spokesman for the President Michael D Higgins said Machnamh is the president’s biggest initiative this year and into early next year.

President Michael D Higgins is to host a series of seminars to examine the legacy of the War of Independence, Civil War and partition. In the series,(...)

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