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The latest CSO data also shows the number of people arriving into Ireland and departing the country dropped by around a third between September and October of this year. Photograph: iStock

Just over four million overseas passengers have travelled to and from Ireland so far in 2020, down from 17.4 million by the same point last year. Cen(...)

John Riley  shows off his chest painted with a portrait of president Donald Trump during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August, 2020 in Sturgis, South Dakota. Photograph: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

Like many in South Dakota, Curt Soehl believed the sparsely populated state tucked deep into America’s interior would be spared the worst of the coron(...)

An analysis of data by the CSO shows that life satisfaction was lower during the most restrictive period of the lockdown in April this year, than during the economic crash. Photograph: Collins

The level of low life satisfaction at the height of Covid-19 lockdown measures in April was almost double that recorded during the depths of the finan(...)

Leaving Cert student Aoife Devlin. Photograph: James Connolly

"We have missed out on quite a few rites of passage", Jennifer O'Connell talks to Irish teenagers about the impact Covid-19 has had on them “As (...)

Spain’s second-largest bank BBVA and smaller rival Banco Sabadell scrapped plans  for a tie-up that would have created a top player as the industry struggles in the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images)

BBVA and Sabadell, the Spanish banks, have given up merger talks they had confirmed less than two weeks ago because of disagreements over the pricing (...)

Larger, more regionally diversified banks can generally raise capital at a lower cost than smaller banks concentrated in one market or market segment. Photograph: iStock

The economic crisis a decade ago was associated with a collapse in the banking system. The banks had fuelled an unsustainable boom in the economy whil(...)

French fishermen from Granville fishing in UK waters.  Photograph: Siegfried Modola/Getty Images

A €5 billion Brexit compensation fund Ireland hoped would cushion the economic blow of Britain’s exit from the European Union is the subject of fierce(...)

 President of  the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde.

In the first half of 2020, Europe mounted a bold and swift economic response to the Covid recession. As the second wave of the pandemic triggers a ne(...)

Migrants wait to be  transferred to Red Cross emergency accommodations from the port of Arguineguin  on the Spanish Canary island of Gran Canaria. Photograph: Desiree Martin/AFP/Getty

Spain is struggling to manage a migrant crisis on the Canary Islands, which in recent weeks have become a major destination for Africans attempting to(...)

Liberty entered the Irish market in 2011 by taking over the main businesses of Quinn Insurance. Photograph: Alan Betson

Liberty Insurance’s immediate Spanish-based parent, Liberty Seguros, has named an internal candidate to succeed Tom McIlduff as its chief executive. (...)

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