Dealing with a non-performing mortgage on a family home  is a daily reality for 64,510 borrowers, according to   the Central Bank. Photograph: Sean Gladwell/Getty

The first five years of Mary’s mortgage were uneventful. She bought her house with her partner in 2010, in the teeth of the recession. Despite the eco(...)

In New York, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq fell on Tuesday, as technology stocks pulled back. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

European shares closed higher ahead of a blizzard of political, economic and corporate events, with a Brexit vote and Apple results on Tuesday and a F(...)

Snow falls on a Berlin thoroughfare at the weekend. With little notice, a new speed limit regime has been imposed on many Berlin streets. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images

If you’re visiting Berlin and want to hear some really filthy German, I recommend taking a taxi ride from anywhere to anywhere. Within minutes the dr(...)

Capitalism is “a wild beast”: U2 frontman Bono takes centre stage in a panel session at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Photograph: Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP

In numbers: It shouldn’t be you 38 Percentage of teenagers under 18 who were not refused a National Lottery scratch card by a retailer in a complian(...)

UK prime minister Theresa May in Parliament after the vote on her Brexit deal. Photograph: Reuters

World equity markets on Wednesday held their nerve after the heavy parliamentary defeat of British prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal as investo(...)

Deputy Central Bank governor Ed Sibley told the regulator’s board that the institution was dealing with a “sizeable activity” in relation to authorisations. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The Central Bank has been forced to “re-prioritise” its normal supervisory work as the regulator draws on resources to deal with a spike in authorisat(...)

UK banking giant Barclays and Bank of America Merrill Lynch are set to shift the most banking assets to Ireland as Dublin becomes their post-Brexit EU hubs

Dublin continues to be the top location for financial services companies looking to relocate operations from the UK as a result of Brexit, with 27 gro(...)

When EU leaders, led by Germany’s Helmut Kohl and France’s François Mitterrand, set the timetable for the launch of the euro at the Maastricht Summit in 1991, they saw it as a step which would inevitably lead to closer EU political and economic integration. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

The 20th anniversary of the founding of the euro comes as the currency is established in 19 countries and is a widely accepted means of exchange inter(...)

A customer pays for a hot dog in Frankfurt at the start of  2002. The euro’s introduction is remembered as an unsentimental quid pro quo. Photograph: AP/Wolfram Steinberg

Germans are not known for public outbursts of emotion yet many get misty-eyed at the memory of the Deutschmark, which began its long goodbye 20 years (...)

Ireland has ramped up plans to expand its diplomatic footprint as Brexit looms, with the opening of more than a dozen new missions in locations as diverse as Latin America, India, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand.  Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Ireland has ramped up plans to expand its diplomatic footprint as Brexit looms, with the opening of more than a dozen new missions in locations as div(...)

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