Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank (ECB), arrives ahead of a Eurogroup meeting of European finance ministers in Luxembourg . Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

The head of the European Central Bank defended a pledge to keep interest rates at rock bottom, batting back German calls for a speedy exit from years (...)

In Ireland, we dodge ladders, black cats and magpies, but other cultures have their own seemingly senseless superstitions. Photograph: Getty Images

Consider yourself superstitious? Do you dodge ladders, black cats and magpies? If so, here are 13 more superstitions for you to take note of as you tr(...)

The Asia Pacific region carried the largest number of passengers in 2016, but the top three airlines in terms of passengers carried were US carriers. Photograph: iStockphoto

In 2016 world airlines carried 3.8 billion passengers, an increase of 7 per cent on 2015. A report from the International Air Transport Association (I(...)

Ruairi O Siochru from Tralee, Co. Kerry: “People in cities just don’t have time for religion.”

New census data on religion was published by the Central Statistics Office on Thursday. Jenna Clarke-Molloy spoke to people in Trinity College, Dublin(...)

CRH is just one of a number of parties considering whether to bid for PPC, it is understood. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

CRH is among companies considering a counterbid for PPC that could trump an offer by Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holdings, according to people familiar(...)

Banking union: A mural by street artist Banksy depicting a European Union (EU) flag being chiseled by a workman on the side of a building in Dover, England, last month. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg.

The European Commission urged political leaders on Wednesday to press ahead with the final element of banking union as it watered down a plan to prote(...)

Broadcasting on the internet 24/7 can be done cheaply and DDR’s presenters are still finding their voice. Photos: Killian Broderick, Brian Mc Namara

With daily listenership at 80 per cent among Irish adults, radio is still as significant as ever in Irish culture and media consumption. Despite this (...)

With the changing political landscape in the EU, Greece’s position becomes ever more uncertain. Germany’s post-election attitude to Greece will hardly(...)

The cost of living in the Irish capital does not diverge significantly from cities such as Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Luxembourg and Paris. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The notion that Dublin is more expensive than other European cities for workers and companies seeking to relocate staff is not necessarily borne out b(...)

 Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  new four-party coalition will exclude the far-right Freedom Party and its leader Geert Wilders. Photograph: EPA

After taking what is now the longest period since the second World War to form a government, the Netherlands is on the verge of a new four-party coali(...)