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European Central Bank vice-president Vitor Constancio: “If we would have to broaden the programme to include the so-called mezzanine tranches, where there is more risk, for that we would indeed some kind of guarantee.” Photograph: EPA/Matteo Bazzi

The prospect that Irish banks could offload some of their problematic mortgage debts as part of the European Central Bank’s asset-backed security-purc(...)

Threat from Islamic State

The barbaric video execution of British aid worker David Haines, accompanied by a threat to kill another hostage, will have only one effect: to harden(...)

Fast forward: Bord Gáis Networks is undertaking a project to transform Ireland’s road haulage and service fleet sector.

A quiet – almost silent – revolution has been taking place on Irish roads in recent years. While major signature transport engineering projects such a(...)

Prime minister David Cameron makes a statement to the media in Downing Street today on the killing of British aid worker David Haines. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Here is the text of David Cameron’s speech, given in Downing Street this afternoon after chairing a meeting of the Government’s Cobra emergency commit(...)

The number of Irish people spending time in prison in Australia is increasing, with high alcohol intake often a feature of offences committed by emigrants, the Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO) has warned. Photograph: Getty images

The number of Irish people spending time in prison in Australia is increasing, with high alcohol intake often a feature of offences committed by emigr(...)

Swirls of green and red appear in an aurora over Whitehorse, Yukon on the night of September 3rd, 2012 in this NASA handout image. Photograph: Reuters/courtesy of David Cartier Sr/Nasa handout

Thanks to an “enormous solar explosion”, people across Ireland may get to see a full display of the Northern Lights tonight. Two solar flares h(...)

An Islamic State fighter on a street in the Iraqi city of Mosul in June. Photograph: Reuters

Islamic State’s Twitter users, which have trumpeted the group’s violent acts and worldview on the social media service, have gone abruptly quiet in pa(...)

Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, right, talks with prime minister Arseny Yatseniuk during a government meeting in Kiev this week. Photograph: Andrew Kravchenko/New York Times

Ukraine is “still in a state of war” with neighbouring Russia despite a cease-fire between Kiev’s forces and Moscow-backed rebels in the east, the cou(...)

The flag that inspired the US national anthem ‘Star-Spangled Banner’, in the Smithsonian museum in Washington. Years ago parts of the flag were snipped off and handed out as mementos. The Smithsonian has reacquired some of them and added them to its collection. Photograph: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

As England seeks to quell rebellious feelings within the Union ahead of next week’s referendum on Scottish independence, Americans this weekend cel(...)

 Ian Paisley preaches to the 12,000 strong congregation at the King’s Hall in Belfast on the 40th anniversary of the free Presbyterian Church. Photograph: Pacemaker

A gifted preacher with a coruscating turn of phrase, Ian Paisley was a compelling religious leader, whose energy, deep faith and passionately-expresse(...)

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