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Weak pound, strong euro. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger / Reuters

Sterling has plunged against both the dollar and the euro as fears of a hard Brexit swirl round volatile currency markets. On Wednesday, the euro ros(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan set out a new system under which asylum seekers apply to the Department of Justice for work permits. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is more than a year since the Supreme Court deemed the ban on asylum seekers joining the workforce as unconstitutional. Before this, Ireland was o(...)

Counting Iranian Rials as Washington reimposed sanctions on the Islamic republic, triggering a mix of anger, fear and defiance in Tehran. Photograph: Getty Images

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani accuses the US of waging “psychological warfare” against his country due to economic uncertainty driven by the reimpo(...)

 The Central Bank has said  the economy could overheat if capacity constraints emerge in the labour market. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ireland’s allure as a post-Brexit base for global financial firms has driven wages for some roles considerably higher, with some positions offering 15(...)

Donald Trump’s decision to reimpose sanctions against Iran will undermine moderates such as president Hassan Rouhani, who had staked a great deal on the nuclear agreement, and allow hardliners to reassert control. Photograph: Sergei Chirikov/EPA-EFE, Shawn Thew

Donald Trump’s move to reimpose economic sanctions on Iran, following his decision earlier this year to renege on the nuclear deal signed by his prede(...)

The sanctions  target a range of industries, including Iran’s car-making sector, and will be followed in November by  an embargo on the import of Iranian oil and sanctions on its banking sector.

US president Donald Trump has warned America’s trading partners that anyone who does business with Iran will not be doing business with the US, after (...)

Unless you cook it at home, it is likely the ham you eat is highly processed and involves the use of a range of flavours, additives and preservatives. Photograph: iStock

Vegans trying to win over Irish people have their work cut out trying to wrest the ham sandwiches from our hands. It’s not just the taste that makes (...)

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani: said the EU must take practical action to save the Iran nuclear accord.

The Trump administration moved to restore some US sanctions on Iran and reaffirmed plans to impose tougher penalties on the country’s oil sales in Nov(...)

Irish Pharmaceutical Healthcare Association says IP  rights for drug manufacturers would be weakened and research facilities put at risk if EU changes its rules. Photograph: iStock

Fewer “innovative medicines” will be discovered and made publicly available if the European Union moves to alter patent rights that allow for a drug’s(...)

Migrants take a shower in a makeshift tent camp in Velika Kladusa at the Bosnia-Croatia border. Photograph: Dado Ruvic

International organisations say health and security risks are rising for a growing number of refugees and migrants trying to reach wealthy European Un(...)

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