Patrick Honohan was governor of the Central Bank of Ireland from 2009-2015. Photograph: James Forde

The prospects of Kilmacud Crokes in the approaching Leinster semi-finals. A home defeat of the Irish football team by Norway, despite an early penalty(...)

“Completing EMU will require some form of fiscal integration in the end.”

Policymaking is generally a messy business. Those in the thick of it know that it rarely starts from a clean slate but is bound by past decisions. Tho(...)

Christine Lagarde: being the unlikely candidate has consistently been the making of her. Photograph: Saul Loeb

“No, no, no, no, no, no,” Christine Lagarde said last year when asked if she was interested in running the European Central Bank (ECB). What she meant(...)

William Hollacsek, co-founder and chief techology officer of Grandpal, and Brian Daly, co-founder and chief executive.

Unlike Mary Harney, Irish tech workers have never grappled with Boston-or-Berlin logic. In the past decade, squeezed out of Dublin by euro and housin(...)

President Michael D Higgins and Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin during the President’s three-day State visit last week. Photograph: Clemens Bilan/EPA

Ireland’s early diplomacy with Germany didn’t end well in 689 AD. Kilian, a Cavan-born missionary, annoyed a Würzburg noblewoman for suggesting she wa(...)

 President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins at St Kilian’s Cathedral in Würzburg on the third day of the State visit to  Germany. Photograph: Maxwell’s

President Michael D Higgins has welcomed Ireland’s new consulate general in Frankfurt, and rising German visitors to Ireland, as indicators of a new e(...)

The durability of the Paris-Berlin motor, led by President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel, was the most striking thing about the list of nominees agreed by EU leaders for five key positions in the institutions. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Football, Gary Lineker said, is a simple game: 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and, at the end, the Germans always win. This week, we were reminded(...)

Conor O’Kelly: “People talk about whether the bond markets are predicting a recession. I’ll give a prediction. The chances of a recession in Ireland are 100 per cent.”

The chances of another recession in Ireland are 100 per cent, as the country is a small, open economy, highly-indebted, and relying on international i(...)

The S&P 500 reached a record high on Monday. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Global stock markets were buoyed on Monday as a thaw in the US-China trade dispute lifted market sentiment and spurred a rally in equities. European (...)

Carola Rackete, the 31-year-old Sea-Watch 3 captain, is escorted off the ship by police and taken away for questioning, in Lampedusa, Italy. Photograph: Reuters/ Guglielmo Mangiapane

A war of words broke out between Germany and Italy on Sunday over the German captain of a rescue ship, who defied a docking ban enforced by Rome to br(...)

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