‘Government transfers, in addition to aiding struggling households, also enable poor work practices to continue.’ Photograph: iStock

The State’s “unusually high” incidence of low pay and weak labour protections is driving inequality, with the working and lower-middle classes struggl(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea said he could ‘walk away’ from the confidence-and-supply deal if Brexit and other issues damaged faith in Government. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill /The Irish Times

The confidence-and-supply deal keeping the Government in place could end if there is a Brexit deal, senior Fianna Fáil TDs have warned. Limerick TD W(...)

Barry Andrews is congratulated by two of his children, Kate and Hugh, after being selected to contest the European Elections for Fianna Fáil in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Barry Andrews, confirmed as Fianna Fáil’s European Parliament candidate for the Dublin constituency, hails from party royalty. His father, David Andr(...)

Fianna Fáil TDs Barry Cowen and John McGuinness, pictured with party colleague Bobby Aylward in 2015. Photograph: Colin Keegan/ Collins Dublin.

Simmering tensions in Fianna Fáil could have implications for the future of the confidence-and-supply deal which underpins the Government. Disagreeme(...)

Former minister of state Barry Andrews (front, right) has been selected to contest the European Parliament election in Dublin for Fianna Fáil. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil members are frustrated at being associated with the difficulties the Government is experiencing, the party’s candidate for the Dublin Euro(...)

Simon Coveney: said such a package must not be ‘unreasonable’ or ‘put an unfair burden on Ireland’. Photograph: Hannah McKay/Reuters

The European Union will agree a “package” to help UK prime minister Theresa May pass the Brexit withdrawal deal in the House of Commons, Tánaiste Simo(...)

Platforms such as Google’s YouTube will be legally responsible for the user-generated material they host in the EU and will have to obtain licences from rights-holders to show their material.

The first change to copyright law in the EU in almost two decades is designed to give artists, musicians and publishers a better chance of being paid (...)

 Video-grab of defendant Oriol Junqueras, former Catalan regional deputy president, testifying in a   case against 12 Catalan pro-independence politicians involved in the illegal referendum in 2017. Photograph: Spanish Supreme Court’s Institute

Catalonia’s former vice-president, Oriol Junqueras, gave an impassioned defence of his region’s independence cause and attacked the legal case against(...)

Laura Codruta Kovesi’s bid to lead the new European Public Prosecutor’s Office has been opposed due to her alleged misdemeanours at the national anti-corruption agency. File photograph: Adrian Catu/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union is closely monitoring its presidency holder, Romania, where the former head of the national anti-corruption agency (DNA) has been p(...)

The legislation is designed to help artists, publishers and other creators to get fair payment for use of their content online. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

MEPs, EU officials and diplomats from the member states have agreed compromise legislation to assist print publishers, artists and music producers get(...)

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