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Dealing with a non-performing mortgage on a family home  is a daily reality for 64,510 borrowers, according to   the Central Bank. Photograph: Sean Gladwell/Getty

The first five years of Mary’s mortgage were uneventful. She bought her house with her partner in 2010, in the teeth of the recession. Despite the eco(...)

A map showing the Irish landing point for the Iris cable

The Republic could be in line to get a direct connection to a new high-speed undersea fibre optic internet cable linking Iceland to mainland Europe. (...)

 A child wears a  face-mask   to protect against air pollution in Beijing, China: several studies show traffic exhaust  to  be quite toxic.  Photograph: Rolex dela Pena/EPA

The view that air pollution contributes to autism is strongly held by a small but growing band of scientists who study pollution and health. They poin(...)

 Israel has decided not  to extend the mandate of the international observer force in the West Bank city of Hebron. Photograph: EPA/Abed Al Hashlamoun

Palestinians have reacted angrily to Israel’s decision not to extend the mandate of the international observer force in the flashpoint West Bank city (...)

Finland and Ireland led the Good Country Index of 153 countries

Ireland is ranked in second place in the Good Country Index. The Index of 153 countries measures what each contributes to the “common good of humani(...)

The scene of the tragic accident near Magheraroarty, Co Donegal where four young men lost their lives on Sunday night. Photograph: North West Newspix

As the first real dusting of winter snow nestled on its hills and valleys, a cold stillness of grief and loss hung over West Donegal on Monday. The p(...)

Clockwise from top left: Shaun Harkin, Daniel Scott, John Harley and Mícheál Roarty were killed in a single-vehicle road crash in Co Donegal on Sunday night.

Four friends killed in a horrific car crash in Co Donegal were saying goodbye to each other as one prepared to start a new job abroad next week. John(...)

European commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager: “When you become big, you have a special responsibility not to use your muscle to deny others the chance to compete against you.” Photograph: Alan Betson

“I think if you bitch a little bit every day you will end up divorced.” This is how Margrethe Vestager, the European Union’s competition commissioner,(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has slapped down a proposal from the European Commission to abolish national vetoes on EU taxation policy. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe wasted no time in rejecting the European Commission’s blueprint to end national vetoes on major tax issues and re(...)

The EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, Pierre Moscovici, formally unveiled a blueprint on Tuesday for a transition to qualified majority voting (QMV) on EU taxation policy matters.

Brussels’ frustrated efforts to overhaul company taxation is damaging the European Union as a whole, senior officials said on Wednesday, as the Europe(...)

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