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When  Gerry Adams was pressed  to explain how he would make up for the funding shortfall created by his putative abolition of residential property tax, he reluctantly offered up the prospect of a wealth tax

The links between Irish republicans and Germany have always been controversial, to say the least. But not since Pádraig Pearse made reference to our g(...)

Google’s Dublin offices. Latest figures indicate that its Irish operation had revenues of €15.5 billion during 2012. However, it ended up paying Irish corporation taxes of just €17 million.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

When Taoiseach Enda Kenny was grilled over Ireland’s low tax regime for multinationals on a visit to Paris last week, he fell back on a familiar defen(...)

UBS sought to act quickly to gather and supply information when similar allegations of wrongdoing by leading banks in foreign exchange surfaced in June. Photograph: Steffen Schmidt/ EPA

Swiss bank UBS approached US authorities in September with information relating to an industry-wide probe into alleged rigging of currency markets, in(...)

From left: ‘Irish Times’ journalists Maeve Donnellan, Nell McCafferty, Mary Maher, Geraldine Kennedy, Gabrielle Williams, Renagh Holohan (seated), Christina Murphy, Mary Cummins and Caroline Walsh.

Just before Christmas, on one of several aborted gift-shopping expeditions, I found myself sheltering from torrential rain in Chapters bookshop on Dub(...)

During a visit to Berlin, Minister of State for European Affairs Paschal Donohoe said a “strong array” of economic integration tools agreed between EU governments during the crisis had yet to be fully exploited.

Minister of State for European Affairs Paschal Donohoe has said the EU should concentrate on applying fiscal rules agreed in the recent crisis before (...)

A Munich court is hearing arguments into whether the near-collapse and subsequent nationalisation of HRE was triggered by liquidity problems at Dublin-based Depfa in the wake of the 2008 Lehman Brothers collapse. Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP

A former board member of property lender Hypo Real Estate (HRE) has denied it acquired a “ticking time bomb” through its 2007 takeover of Dublin-ba(...)

Judges of the  German constitutional court who referred the complaint to the European Court of Justice. Photograph: Reuters

Germany’s highest court has said countries availing of the ECB’s unlimited bond-buying programme may only do so by agreeing to forego debt cuts.The co(...)

Who runs Ireland?

THE POLITICIANS ENDA KENNY Taoiseach Kenny holds the most powerful political position in the land. He is chief of the Cabinet, has the f(...)

Among friends: Edward Snowden supporters in Berlin. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty
Enemies of the state

In the entrance hall to Berlin’s curvy House of World Cultures, the words of the US Founding Father Benjamin Franklin are chiselled in stone: “God (...)

Viktor Orban: out on a political limb over attitude to Hungary’s war record and its interpretation. Photograph: Reuters

Viktor Orban’s brand of conservative nationalism, and what some EU partners fear are his questionable democratic values, have put Hungary’s prime mini(...)

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