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This year’s elections have led to a three-way split in the European Parliament, with none of the “spitzenkandidat” able to achieve a parliamentary majority. File photograph: Getty

Top jobs – the rules and the traditions Every five years, at the beginning of a new term of the European Parliament, the European Council, which is m(...)

The IMF was broadly positive about the Republic’s economic position. However, it backed up suggestions from the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council  to ensure that the economy had sufficient buffers.  Photograph: iStock

The Government should provide support to hard-hit sectors in the event of a no-deal Brexit, but otherwise let the economy operate freely to support it(...)

New Democracy  party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis exits the polling booth amid voting for the second round of local elections, in Athens, Greece. Photograph: Constantina Peppa/Reuters

The hefty vote for opposition party New Democracy (ND) in Greece’s local and European polls has precipitated a general election scheduled for July 7th(...)

IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan: “These rankings are constantly changing, and Ireland has to be constantly improving its product if we are to continue to win investment”

The Republic has been ranked among the world’s most competitive countries once again, reversing a sharp decline last year when it slipped out of the t(...)

Building pressure: Dublin experienced the strongest growth in property prices among 32 countries and cities between 2013 and 2018, according to the OECD. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When Zeus heard that the boy Apollo, his child with one of his lovers, Leto, had incensed Zeus’s wife, Hera, by killing the python Hera had sent to ki(...)

US allies  should not support American attempts to thwart China’s rise. Photograph: EPA

Where does deepening economic conflict between the US and China leave the rest of the world, especially historic allies of the US? In normal circumsta(...)

Conceived during the crisis, the broadband plan was designed to minimise the up-front cost. Whether that is now the best option to deliver long-term value for money is the question.

The Government is battling to win support for its broadband plan – welcomed through much of rural Ireland, but attacked by its own senior officials an(...)

The IMF  flagged that “most” of the additional corporate tax revenue was used to fund spending overruns in healthcare and offset income tax reductions. Photograph: iStock

A thorough healthcare spending review is needed to halt continuous cost overruns by the State, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said, warning the(...)

Christine Lagarde of the International Monetary Fund. “For us at the IMF, it’s imperative that trade tensions are resolved in a way satisfying for everyone,” she said on Tuesday. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Christine Lagarde said on Tuesday that China and the United States must resolve their trade tensions because th(...)

Ireland’s corporate tax take has soared over the past few years, helping to pay for a lot of extra government spending. But there are fears that inter(...)

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