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The report shows 87,000 tonnes of non-recyclable content is ending up in recycling bins every year. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Ireland must increase its plastic packaging recycling by up to 80 per cent by 2030 if it is to meet strict new EU targets, according to the recycling (...)

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini addresses a press conference on a new Africa-Europe Alliance. Photograph: Emmanuel DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

They are talking about a change of paradigm. Europe will not work “for” Africa – or perhaps, she should have said, Africa “for” Europe – but “with” Af(...)

British prime minister Theresa May, in Salzburg, Austria, on Wednesday. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg

“The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between.” – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart European leaders’ travelling roadshow pitched up on Wednesday (...)

Fianna Fail transport spokesman Robert Troy  said many asylum seekers who now wish to take up work would need to be able to drive to do so.  File photograph: Alan Betson

A review is underway as to whether asylum seekers should be allowed to apply for driving licences. It follows a Supreme Court ruling earlier this ye(...)

While women account for 13 per cent of the seats of Irish boards, that is still 10 percentage points below the EU average. Photograph: iStock

The average remuneration for non-executive directors on an Irish board last year was €63,382 while fees for chairman and chief executives has risen, n(...)

Seamus Coffey, chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council: “We’ve seen a huge swing in our favour.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government enjoyed an unexpected €6 billion windfall between 2015 and 2018 courtesy of stronger-than-expected corporation tax receipts and a lower(...)

Minister for Communications Denis Naughten at the Data Summit conference, in Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Minister for Communications, Denis Naughten, has signed orders aimed at securing critical national infrastructure in the event of a cybersecurity (...)

Amazon earns revenues for the services it provides to third parties but also benefits from the increased range they offer. Photograph: Reuters

Amazon’s business model is under the spotlight in Europe after the EU’s antitrust watchdog launched a preliminary investigation into how the platform (...)

McDonald’s does not have to pay any additional tax in the EU as a result of the European Commission investigation. Photograph: Reuters

The European Commission has decided that arrangement between McDonald’s and Luxembourg, which allowed the fast food group to pay almost no tax on its (...)

Traders have been unwinding short positions on sterling in advance of the Austria summit. Photograph: Reuters

Sterling rose to a nine-week high on Wednesday, helped by strong UK inflation data and as investors prepared for a European Union summit where diploma(...)

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