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Tánaiste Labour Party leader Eamonn Gilmore: told the Labour Party that the tax has been a long-term part of industrial strategy and was a matter of national competence. Photograph: Eric Luke

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said he has made it clear in discussions with Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SDP) that Ireland’s corporation tax rate w(...)

Next year could be a turbulent one, with the ECB about to stress-test the main euro zone banks. President of the ECB Mario Draghi  has said some banks need to fail the tests  for the process to have credibility, raising the prospect of more public money being needed to bail out banks.

What happened yesterday?The Cabinet decided that when exiting the troika bailout programme on December 15th, Ireland would go it alone rather than app(...)

The removal of a permanent vehicle barrier from the Border between Strabane, Co Tyrone and Lifford, Co Donegal in 1998. But could the Border disappear completely?

Thirty-eight years ago Seamus Heaney wrote the poem Whatever You Say, Say Nothing. It described “The famous Northern reticence, the tight gag of place(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan meets with European Central Bank president Mario Draghi at the  meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Brussels this evening. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said the Government’s decision to exit the three-year bailout programme next month without seeking precautiona(...)

The cases  are going to   the UN’s Human Rights Committee in Geneva

Pregnant women, who receive a diagnosis of a fatal foetal abnormality and are forced to leave Ireland for terminations, suffer human rights violations(...)

Uncertain about U2 before he met them in 1978, Paul McGuinness recognised their potential as soon as he saw them perform, and agreed immediately to manage them. Photograph: Dave Meehan

“A gang of four but a corporation of five” is how U2 singer Bono always described the band’s relationship with manager Paul McGuinness.. But with McGu(...)

Alcohol is a poor resource in helping us to cope with stress or unhappiness. Indeed, far from drowning our sorrows, it may ‘teach them how to swim’. Photograph: PA

There has been much debate and discussion in Ireland recently about intoxicating substances and our relationship with them. In the past few days atten(...)

Survivors of Magdalene laundries: The Government has been asked to explain the lack of an independent inquiry into the laundries. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government has been challenged by the UN Human Rights Committee on what measures it has taken “to prohibit all corporal punishment of children in (...)

Children carry provisions through a devastated area in Leyte four days after the typhoon. Photograph: Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images

About 100 tonnes of emergency supplies from Ireland will arrive in the Philippines today as part of an international relief effort in the devastated (...)

 John Hartnett:  One of three new appointees announced yesterday.

Following the resumption of flights between Dublin and San Francisco, Aer Lingus is looking to further strengthen its ties with Silicon Valley through(...)

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