The value of goods exports for the period January and February 2019 was €26.3bn, an increase of nearly €4bn  or 17%   when compared with the first two months of 2018. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish exports to Britain jumped 10 per cent in April, and remain strong despite the Brexit turmoil, according to latest trade figures. They show expo(...)

Services make up nearly three-quarters of the UK’s economic output and about 70%  of the EU’s economic activity

The potential disruption to trade in services from Brexit could pose a far greater threat to the UK and EU economies than restrictions around the move(...)

According to the North’s Department for the Economy the report is a “sobering reflection” of the limited options available in a no deal Brexit

There is “limited room for manoeuvre” for businesses or government to maintain the “status quo” in cross-Border trade between the North and South, whi(...)

John Hourican, CEO of Bank of Cyprus, photographed in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

John Hourican, the Irish banker hired in late 2013 to help stabilise a lender at the epicentre of Cyprus’s financial crisis, had barely waded through (...)

Leif Johansson: “Sweden and Ireland have many common things to discuss. We are relatively small countries, both of us. We are dependent on the rest of the world to do well.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

When prominent Swedish businessman Leif Johansson first travelled the world, the Iron Curtain was up and “no one would have believed” it would come do(...)

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(...)

WTO Rules OK! Pro-Brexit graffiti in Leave-voting Thrapston in Northamptonshire, UK. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Image of the week: Mount Brexit “Brexit now, WTO rules OK!” reads this pro-Brexit graffiti on a fence above a new housing development in Thrapston, N(...)

Freight at Dublin Port: the State  had a trade surplus of €6.3bn  in February.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish exports to Britain jumped 16 per cent in February despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the latest trade statistics reveal. According to (...)

Hard Brexit: “The impact would be devastating,” says Dairygold chief executive Jim Woulfe. Photograph : Matt Kavanagh

Dairygold, the State’s largest farmer-owned processor, has warned that its sizeable UK cheese business would effectively be wiped out in the event of (...)

French president Emmanuel Macron, EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and German chancellor Angela Merkel greet  Xi Jinping at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

The 14th-century admonition that “He who sups with the devil should have a long spoon” is the mantra these days of many European leaders. The devil in(...)

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