Mario Draghi: the president of the European Central Bank will have the bank this month begin buying up corporate bonds for the first time. Photograph:  Reuters/Ralph Orlowski

Mario Draghi, the Pied Piper of Frankfurt, is playing a new tune – and some of Ireland’s best-known companies are skipping behind him. The European (...)

It was Maggie and her implacable ideology who made refusing to do a U-turn the ultimate test of political virility: “You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.”  Photograph:  PA

U-turns? We’ve had a few. Simon Coveney on the green bin charges. Fianna Fáil on Fine Gael in government. Labour and Frankfurt’s way. Labour and thi(...)

The impending arrival of Jose Mourinho at Manchester Utd saw stock rise in New York trading on Monday.  Photograph: PA

Shares in Manchester United rose in New York on Monday after media reports the club was set to replace its manager with former Chelsea boss Jose Mouri(...)

The Citibank building in  Dublin.   Up to now Citibank ( Europe) was regulated directly by the Central Bank. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Citibank ( Europe), the Dublin operation of the giant US bank,is subject to a comprehensive assessment by the ECB, signalling that it is likely to be (...)

Customs sniffer dog Casey, who found about 250,000 illegal cigarettes at Dublin Port. File photograph: Revenue and Customs/PA Wire

Thousands of packets of illegal cigarettes have been found hidden under a cargo of farm machinery by customs sniffer dog Casey. In her latest success(...)

Joshua Molloy (24), who has been detained in Iraq.

British diplomats are seeking access to an Irish man and two British citizens who were detained in Iraq after fighting with Kurdish forces against Isl(...)

CapVest took control of the Mater Private in 2007 in a deal that valued the business at €350 million. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Fresenius, the German publicly-quoted healthcare giant with a €34 billion market value, has emerged one of the final suitors vying to take over the Ma(...)

Gazi Husrev-beg Mosque, Sarajevo

Nestled in a valley on either side of the river Miljacka, Sarajevo isn’t known as the “Jerusalem of Europe” for nothing. In its more harmonious past t(...)

Mossack Fonseca’s office in Panama: Files show client roster that includes drug dealers, Mafia members, corrupt politicians and tax evaders - and wrongdoing galore

Mossack Fonseca & Co. had a problem in Vegas. Legal papers filed in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas claimed that the Panama-based law firm had(...)

Labour Party activists are dismayed by their rejection at the polls. Some TDs who lost their seats are in denial concerning the reasons for their dism(...)

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