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The European commission proposed a 3 per cent tax on revenues in March from Apple, Facebook, Google and other companies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Austria is stepping up plans for an EU-wide digital tax on big tech companies such as Apple and Google, despite opposition from within the bloc. Hart(...)

The France team celebrating after lifting the World Cup in Moscow. Photograph:  AFP Photo/Adrian Dennis

It was the highest scoring World Cup final for more than 50 years, which just goes to show that goals aren’t everything. France won, of course, and th(...)

 Dublin Airport slid to number 1,083 of 1,200 airports worldwide in June from 931 during the same month in 2017

About one-in-four flights at Ireland’s biggest airport are delayed, according to figures released recently, prompting concern among airlines about a s(...)

One  project BVP is looking at is a wind farm which will have the environmental impact over its lifetime of the “equivalent of taking 23,000 cars off the road for one year”. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

BVP, a green investment firm, is planning to raise €7.5 million for investment in renewable energy projects and established trading investments throug(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron reacts during the victory over Croatia in the World Cup Final in Moscow.  Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Reuters

After the five-ish very lovely weeks that had gone before, there was almost an inevitability about the final being a letdown, a monumental snooze-fest(...)

Zoran Varmuza, Duty Manager of Academy Plaza Hotel with a sign asking guests to conserve water. Photograph: Tom Honan

Overseas visitors to Ireland are more put out by the lack of air conditioning in hotels than the gentle requests for them to use less water during the(...)

France midfielder Paul Pogba is among the players who have dominated in the tournament. Photograph: Franck FIfe/AFP/Getty Images

José Mourinho has kept busy during the World Cup with a punditry gig on RT (formerly Russia Today). Listening to his analysis, you quickly realise tha(...)

Verdelli castle on the Via Francigena, Tuscany. Photograph: DeAgostini/Getty Images

The museum guide in Lucca suggests that I pick up the loaded rucksack from the bucket, carry it to the other end of the room and put it back in the bu(...)

Sean O’Donoghue: “Any State bodies I am involved in or have been involved in are declared.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A leading fishing industry representative has said he sees no conflict of interest between his role as a national negotiator and his directorship of a(...)

Storming the Bastille

It surely is one of the great examples of “fake news”. Or, of not letting the facts get in the way of a good story. Today, Bastille Day in La France i(...)

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