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President Michael D Higgins and his Greek counterpart Prokopis Pavlopoulos inspect the presidental Evzoni guards, during the official welcome ceremony outside the presidental palace in Athens. Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins has said he no longer rules out running for a second term of office, providing his clearest indication yet about his futur(...)

The Government should heed Transparency International Ireland’s injunction to commit more resources, strengthen legislation and ensure adequate enforcement of the framework of laws already on the statute book that help prevent corruption. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland’s rating of 19th out of 183 states in the latest annual Corruption Perceptions Index compiled by Transparency International is disappointing a(...)

Barclays shares  closed up more than 4 per cent as investors reacted positively to results. Photograph: Reuters

The Iseq overall fell 0.14 per cent on Thursday, but still managed to outperform wider European indices. Britain’s top share index fell to a one-wee(...)

A screen promotes recruitment for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army: Beijing has territorial disputes of varying degrees with all of its neighbours. Photograph: Andy Wong

China’s People’s Liberation Army made a strong show of force over the Lunar New Year holiday, with fighter jets training over Tibet “to confront any t(...)

Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov (centre) and Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic (second from right) at the St Sava temple in Belgrade on Thursday. Photograph: Djordje Kojadinovic/Reuters

Serbia has told Russia it will not sacrifice the two countries’ close relations to secure European Union membership, as Moscow accused the EU and Nato(...)

The Oireachtas Committee on Employment and Social Protection was told about 4,000 people had failed to go through the  registration process and had  their free travel withdrawn. Photograph: Brian O’Brien

Over 450 people have had welfare payments suspended after they failed to go through an identity registration process for the public services card (PSC(...)

 Revenue chairman Niall Cody: “A real challenge for Ireland is that 80%   of all imports and exports come either to or from Ireland through Britain”

The mountains of paperwork that go with monthly and quarterly tax returns will soon be done away with under the Revenue’s plan to fully digitise PAYE (...)

Inch beach in Co Kerry.

Inch beach on the Dingle peninsula has been awarded the top spot as Ireland’s best beach for 2018 by Tripadvisor. The Blue Flag Inch beach stretches (...)

The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona will provide another clue of how our 5G future will look. File photograph: Miquel Llop/NurPhoto via Getty Images

More than 100,000 delegates from the world of telecoms will gather in Barcelona next week for the Mobile World Congress. Undoubtedly 5G (5th generati(...)

“Of course Facebook would go to a country with the lowest levels of data protection. It’s natural they would choose Ireland”: German Federal Commissioner for Data Protection, Peter Schaar speaking to New York Times in 2015

The State does not have a good reputation for data protection. In 2015 the former German federal commissioner for data protection, Peter Schaar, put i(...)

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