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High representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy Josep Borrell: has compared Israel’s annexations to Russia’s actions in Crimea. Photograph:  Christof Stache

Pressure is growing within the EU to issue a pre-emptive warning to Israel against its expected unilateral implementation of the Trump peace plan by p(...)

Philip Doyle  after setting a new Irish record on the ergometer for 2,000 metres at the Irish Indoor Rowing Championships in Limerick. Photograph: Liam Gorman

The Ireland team’s programme for this Olympic year will be hectic: there is no place for the European Championships. Yesterday, a forecast of troubl(...)

The Republic is among the first euro zone governments to target the bond markets this year. Photograph: iStock

The State has raised 40 per cent of its minimum 2020 funding target only a few days into the year after selling a higher-than-expected €4 billion of l(...)

Last month the NTMA said it planned to raise between €10bn   and €14bn   in bond markets this year. Photograph: Eric Luke

and JOE BRENNAN The Republic has moved again to get ahead of a new-year rush by European governments to raise debt by hiring banks to sell 15-year bo(...)

David Tobin, renewable energy director of Beauparc, at the Panda waste processing facility in Ballymount, Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued its first licence to process large volumes of Irish construction and demolition waste. The licence, iss(...)

Croatian prime minister Andrej Plenkovic has outlined a “very intensive and dynamic” start to the country’s presidency of the EU. Photograph: Antonio Bat/EPA

Croatia will take over the presidency of the European Union for the first time on January 1st, for a six-month stint that is likely to be dominated b(...)

Poverty has fallen off the radar for most voters and policy-makers in recent years. Photograph: iStock

We like to think of ourselves as a generous nation that is more sympathetic than most to the plight of those locked in poverty. But are we really? In(...)

 Krampus, a horned creature who accompanies Saint Nicholas on his rounds. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

In most English-speaking countries, the worst fate a naughty child can expect on Christmas is an absence of gifts (or, in the US, coal). Children in o(...)

 Polish European affairs minister Konrad Szymanski in Brussels: “reforms” of the judiciary are seen as undermining Polish independence. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet

Hungary and Poland were on Tuesday fighting a rearguard action on two fronts against fellow EU member states’ attempts to find ways of sanctioning bre(...)

Figures from the OECD show that in the Republic, environmentally-related taxes accounted for 7.4 per cent of total revenue. Photograph: iStock

The State collected a greater share of tax revenue from environmentally-related taxes than the OECD average although the share of the total tax take h(...)

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