This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

Garda crime prevention officers say it is vital that trusted keyholders were asked to “keep an eye on” property left unoccupied during holidays.

People who share posts on social media while abroad on holidays this summer are at higher risk of being burgled by criminals living in their own commu(...)

Irish lawyers and diplomats have maintained that nothing as insubstantial or uninhabitable as Rockall can be said to constitute a national territory in any meaningful sense. Photograph: Irish Naval Service press office

“Rocks which cannot sustain human habitation or economic life of their own shall have no exclusive economic zone or continental shelf” – UN Convention(...)

US federal reserve chairman Jerome Powell (left) talks with US treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin during the G20 meeting in Fukuoka, Japan on Saturday. Photograph: Kim Kyung-Hoon/EPA

Digital companies such as Facebook and Google will soon have to pay taxes regardless of their physical presence or measured profits in a country after(...)

The IFSC in Dublin. The Irish funds industry contributes €837 million annually in direct taxes to the exchequer, research indicates. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Plans to modernise and enhance the Investment Limited Partnerships Act will target growth in the private-equity and fund industries, according to Aong(...)

Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, US president Donald Trump and Melania Trump during  commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, in Portsmouth, England. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Queen Elizabeth was joined by world leaders including Donald Trump and Angela Merkel to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day on Wednesday, paying person(...)

Former Conservative  MP  Ann Widdecombe   with colleagues from the Brexit Party celebrate it success in the EU elections in London on Monday. Photograph: Tolga AkmenAFP/Getty Images

AUSTRIA The conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) of Sebastian Kurz shrugged off 10 days of crisis, and his impending dismissal as chancellor, to finish (...)

Greenpeace: ‘We are heading towards climate breakdown . . . the Irish Government still have their heads firmly in the sand.’ File photograph: Getty

Eight EU countries, but not Ireland, are to push for increased commitments on climate action at the “future of Europe” summit in Romania on Thursday. (...)

Gabriel Makhlouf: in June 2000 he published an OECD report accusing 19 organisation members, including Ireland, of operating potentially harmful tax regimes

The overseas official set to become the next Central Bank governor presided over an OECD report that named Ireland during the Celtic Tiger years among(...)

It could be a case that Ireland’s middle class, like  other OECD countries, will also start to shrink in the years ahead.

It’s not always clear how to define Ireland’s middle class. Is it based on household income, consumption habits, savings and investment, or home owner(...)

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