Better an optimist than a pessimist be – but realism makes you happier. That’s worth remembering in both a global and a personal sense at the moment. (...)

Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin is now Minister   for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht.

A new Taoiseach was elected on Saturday and a range of new Ministers were appointed. Here’s all you need to know about them: Micheál Martin - Taoisea(...)

Nobel laureate and economist Joseph Stiglitz.

Ireland was “robbing” its European neighbours by allowing Apple pay such a low effective tax rate, Nobel laureate and economist Joseph Stiglitz has sa(...)

Felisa Gonzalez looks at her mother, Maria Maillo, through the window during a visit to a nursing home in Barcelona, Spain. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

Across Europe, coronavirus has ravaged homes for the elderly, raising questions about why the part of society most vulnerable to the disease was overl(...)

French economist Thomas Piketty. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty

Governments can make “drastic” changes to their economic policies at times of crisis, according to French author and leading economist Thomas Piketty.(...)

President Michael D Higgins speaking to Prof Aidan Regan of UCD in 2018. The letter was Prof Regan’s idea. File photograph: Dave Meehan

More than 400 leading academics have signed an open letter calling for the European Council of Ministers to raise finance for the entire euro zone thr(...)

Boris Johnson greets EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen ahead of a meeting in Downing Street. Photograph: PA

British prime minister Boris Johnson has told European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen that Britain’s future partnership with the EU cannot (...)

Andrew Bailey:  said he was honoured   to take over from Mark Carney as head of the Bank of England, ‘particularly at such a critical time for the nation as we leave the European Union’.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Britain’s new government named Andrew Bailey as the next Bank of England boss on Friday, entrusting one of the City of London’s most experienced regul(...)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan during a symposium on defamation law reform, at the Royal Irish Academy,  Dublin, on Thursday.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Removing juries from determining defamation cases and the size of awards was among the proposals suggested at a Department of Justice conference to co(...)

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg in Washington on Thursday. The final straw for libra supporters came, it has been said, after he was called to testify before Congress. Photograph: Nick Wass/AP Photo

When Facebook unveiled ambitious plans in June to spearhead the creation of a global digital currency, co-founder David Marcus promised unprecedented (...)

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