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Tánaiste Simon Coveney said he held an ‘open and frank discussion’ with a DUP delegation led by party leader Arlene Foster but failed to shift their insistence that the disputed Brexit backstop should be dropped. Photograph: PressEye/PA Wire.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney said he held an “open and frank discussion” with a DUP delegation led by party leader Arlene Foster but failed to shift their i(...)

The European Union is failing to stem misuse of EU funds worth hundreds of millions of euros each year, and manages to recoup only about 15 per cent o(...)

The Nike investigation follows other probes by the EU executive into tax schemes in Belgium, Gibraltar, Luxembourg, Ireland and the Netherlands

The European Commission has launched an investigation into whether Nike benefited from sweetheart tax arrangements in the Netherlands that breached EU(...)

‘One of my best memories was hitting the dance floor with Kate Moss - until the wee hours at a party in London’

Each week, Irish Times Abroad meets an Irish person working in an interesting job overseas. This week, Bray woman Georgina Heffernan, who divides her (...)

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) said its members reported zero year-on-year total sales growth in December

British retailers endured their worst Christmas since the depths of the financial crisis a decade ago as cautious customers forced high street stores (...)

Debenhams said the changes it was making were working, with digital sales improving and trading in newly designed stores outperforming the rest of the chain

Department store group Debenhams is in talks with lenders and looking to bring in new sources of funding as it battles for survival following another (...)

With the food sector proving to be particularly vulnerable it is a worrying trend that sees exports to the UK actually rising

First the good news. It seems judging by figures published by Enterprise Ireland on Wednesday that more companies are wising up to the dangers of Brex(...)

Speaker John Bercow in the House of Commons. Photograph: UK Parliament/Mark Duffy/PA Wire

Dramatic scenes in the Commons on Wednesday saw MPs challenge the Speaker in angry points of order for more than an hour, and the House divide into al(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping  and US president Donald Trump: Stock markets have risen on optimism  the two sides are making progress on trade talks.  Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP

The Trump administration has vowed to come up with ways to ensure that China complies with trade commitments it makes to the United States, after thre(...)

Tánaiste Simon Coveney:  “very optimistic” Stormont will be restored before the end of the year and “optimistic” a no-deal Brexit will  be avoided.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters.

Having a debate about Irish unity in the face of Brexit would be “like pouring petrol into a furnace that is already pretty hot”, Tánaiste Simon Coven(...)

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