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To some in Brussels the UK’s decision to quit the EU has been eclipsed by the reform agenda set out in September by French president Emmanuel Macron

To the person running an industrial business in a mid-sized German town, the fate of the Irish Border post-Brexit will naturally be of considerably le(...)

Martin Schulz: change of heart was backed by delegates at an SPD party congress earlier this month. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Germany’s Social Democrats have agreed to hold exploratory talks on forming a government with Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc, marking a significan(...)

Sir William Hastings, built a multi-million pound hospitality business over a career spanning 50 years has died at the age of 89.

The founder of the Hastings Hotel group, Sir William Hastings, who left school at 16 and built a multi-million pound hospitality business over a caree(...)

Dell merged with EMC last year in a $67 billion deal. The combined entity employs more than 5,000 people in Ireland

One of Dell’s biggest Irish-based subsidiaries reported a sharp fall in profits last year as turnover nudged up slightly to $11.1 billion (€93.4 milli(...)

 Ryanair aircraft at   Rome’s Ciampino airport. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

What has Ryanair announced? The airline said in a surprise move early on Friday that it would recognise trade unions in a bid to head off threatened(...)

Shea O’Dwyer, right, founder of Coolmore Foods, speaking to delegates at a trade show

A bakery based in Bandon, Co Cork, has invested in a product development centre as it attempts to grow its export business by wooing foreign supermark(...)

Representation row: Ryanair argues that its existing structure is already a fair collective bargaining system and that it has the Supreme Court’s approval.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Ryanair pilots are heading for their first ever strike within the next few days in what could turn into a battle of wills between them and the airline(...)

Ryanair’s options may include bringing in pilots from other bases in Europe, using training captains  and calling on crew kept on standby. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Ryanair may bring in pilots from outside the Republic or hire planes from other airlines as it bids to mitigate the impact of a threatened strike next(...)

The 24 heads of state who are members of the Defence Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesco), on the side of the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq/EPA

Ireland has formally joined Pesco, the new European defence co-operation mechanism, days after a Dáil vote endorsing the move. EU leaders meeting a(...)

The primary benefit of alternative dispute resolution is that it is cheaper than going to court. Photograph: iStock
Keeping out of court

Alternative dispute resolution is having a moment. Recent years have seen a marked rise in initiatives designed to keep conflicts out of court. In Oc(...)

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