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Lidl in Gorey, Co Wexford.

Beef, bread and booze were the three Bs driving exports to Lidl’s pan-European network from its Irish suppliers last year as the German discounter ram(...)

Ireland scores well compared to the European Union 15 countries on education, though the number of young people not in employment, education or training “is a cause for concern” at about 15%. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland is one of the “worst performers” on a range of social and environmental indicators compared with 15 similar EU countries, a study has revealed(...)

Health ministers from 11 countries are to meet on Tuesday to discuss progress with the European Vaccine Action Plan, which includes the aspired elimination of measles and rubella. Photograph: istock

MARK HILLIARD A leading doctor has said increased cases of measles in Ireland today could be due to a previous shortfall in vaccinations that has cau(...)

Steven Pinker: an Enlightenment man to the tips of his Newtonian hair, the Harvard professor bucks the zeitgeist with an argument that is both familiar and transgressive. Photograph: Chona Kasinger/New York Times

Populism’s strangest byproduct is a new role in international public life: leadership of the resistance. Emmanuel Macron, Angela Merkel and Justin Tr(...)

Had vaccination levels exceeded 95 per cent of the target population, measles may well have been eradicated by now. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA

In an ideal world the current outbreak of measles in Limerick and Dublin would not be happening. Ireland would have established herd immunity against (...)

One-fifth of export-focused SMEs in the Republic are plotting ways to reduce their exposure to the UK market, according to AIB. Photograph: iStock

The vast majority of small and medium enterprises (SME) across the island of Ireland have no formal Brexit plans as negativity remains high in the man(...)

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds up an object what he claimed was a piece of an Iranian drone shot down in Israeli airspace as he gives a speech during the Munich Security Conference  in Germany. Photograph: AFP/ MSC Munich Security Conference/ Lennart Preiss

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israel could act against Iran itself, not just its allies in the Middle East, after border incid(...)

Spain’s economy minister, Luis de Guindos: The Italian newspaper Corriera della Sera reported on Sunday that Rome will oppose his nomination for the next vice-president of the ECB

The Italians look set to oppose the nomination of Spain’s economy minister Luis de Guindos as the next vice-president of the ECB. He is up against Cen(...)

Leo Varadkar and Justin Trudeau. “If there are lessons from other countries I would take a glance at Canada. Another country where inequality is relatively low and where immigrants are welcomed with open arms.”

What kind of economy do we want? Boston or Berlin? Ireland is often asked that question when thinking about strategic economic – and social – directio(...)

Unless something happens soon in Berlin, I’m going to follow Martin McDonagh’s lead and rent three billboards around the corner from Angela Merkel’s a(...)

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