“Advertisers will need to be authorised to purchase political ads,” Facebook says. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Files/Reuters

Social media giant Facebook is to set up a regional operations centre focused on “election integrity” at its Dublin campus following criticism of the (...)

 Simon Coveney told BBC’s  The Andrew Marr Show: ‘The backstop is already a compromise’.  Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/handout via Reuters.

The Government is willing to see the Brexit deal reopened if the United Kingdom wants to stay in a permanent customs union with the EU or allows for N(...)

 Micheál Martin says:  ‘I am blocking nobody from running for anything.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sitting Fianna Fáil TDs will not be blocked from standing in this year’s European Parliament elections, party leader Micheál Martin has said. Mr Mar(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney on BBC TV’s The Andrew Marr Show: “The European Parliament will not ratify a Withdrawal Agreement that doesn’t have a backstop in it. It’s as simple as that.”

AIB is in talks to buy Payzone, the Irish electronic payments company, according to the Sunday Times. The bank is reportedly in exclusive talks with P(...)

Political sources have previously said Mr Hogan could change brief if he remains at the Commission. File photograph: Alan Betson

European Commissioner Phil Hogan has publicly indicated for the first time that he is open to serving a second five-year term in Brussels. Mr Hogan,(...)

 Romanian prime minister Viorica Dancila waits to deliver her speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, earlier this month. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

The Romanian government has defended plans to quash hundreds of corruption cases, including the conviction of the leader of the ruling party for vote-(...)

Axel Weber, chairman of Swiss bank UBS. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

The Institute of International Finance’s (IIF) chairman, Axel Weber, has warned that a no-deal Brexit must be avoided, even it means stopping the cloc(...)

Nord Stream pipeline operator back in 2012: Nord Stream 2, a pipeline under the Baltic Sea, will double the gas Russia can deliver directly to Germany. Photograph: Olga Maltseva

Senior officials from the EU, Moscow and Kiev held talks on Monday over Ukraine’s future as a transit state for Russian gas, as the Kremlin’s role as (...)

Ireland’s Philip Lane is widely expected to secure the first of a number of top EU job appointments this year.

Euro area finance ministers will fire the starting gun this week on the race to succeed Peter Praet as chief economist of the European Central Bank, (...)

“The worst-case scenario is a hard border, and people won’t accept that.” Frank Brady at his pig farm in Cootehill, Co Cavan. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

When Border farmer Ossy Hughes gets up in the morning, he has a choice: should he tend his beef cattle in the Republic of Ireland or his dairy herd in(...)

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