How is the EU single market to be protected from goods crossing the Irish Border and coming into the EU via an open back door?

What would be the economic impact of the UK triggering Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol? The potential risks can be put in two boxes. One (...)

The EU is optimistic that the tariffs would not return as long as US president Joe Biden is in office.  Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/EPA

The United States and the European Union have announced a deal to ease tariffs on aluminium and steel, in a positive sign for Irish industries hit by (...)

A family of vendors pose for a photo before sleeping next to their items to be sold at Nakasero Market in Kampala, Uganda. Photograph: Badru Katumba/AFP via Getty

Covid-19 infection rates are rapidly increasing in Africa, with many countries reporting a previously unseen spread of the disease. “The speed and sc(...)

Climate change is a policy challenge unlike most others, because success will require a global effort. Photograph: Getty Images

Climate change is a policy challenge unlike most others, because success will require a global effort in a sphere which will bring significant upfront(...)

A statement issued this week stated that  the Irish dairy sector was committed to to making a positive contribution to the green agenda, but said that reducing dairy production in Ireland was not the answer. File photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The potential economic cost of climate warming is by now undeniable. The lack of sufficiently rapid action internationally to deal with this may in pa(...)

US president Joe Biden in the East Room of the White House on Monday. He has backed calls to waive patents on Covid-19 vaccines. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images

Following US president Joe Biden’s backing for calls to waive patents on Covid vaccines, the World Trade Organisation said on Monday it hoped to reach(...)

Three vials with different vaccines against Covid-19 by Pfizer-BioNTech, AstraZeneca and Moderna. File photograph: Thomas Kienzle/AFP via Getty Images

The Government could be on a collision course with the State’s powerful pharmaceutical industry over support for US backing of a move to lift patent p(...)

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: she  said the EU was ready to discuss any proposals that addressed the Covid crisis in an effective and pragmatic manner. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Member states of the EU are set to discuss proposals to waive intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines after the idea was backed by the US. (...)

US president Joe Biden’s administration made the call for the waiver amid WTO talks on easing trade rules. File photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP Photo/Bloomberg

US president Joe Biden’s administration is throwing its support behind efforts to waive intellectual property protections for Covid-19 vaccines in an (...)

The Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence launched their report on the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines to developing countries on Thursday, urging the Government to ensure a global equitable supply.  Photograph: Christof Stache/AFP via Getty

A new report has warned that if pharmaceutical companies do not begin to share their vaccine knowledge and data, the pandemic will be prolonged and de(...)

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