The “Golden Age” for European companies in China is over, the EU Chamber said as it launched a gloomy report on the business climate in the country(...)

Ian Paisley jnr requested a meeting with the Taoiseach and Ministers to discuss his concerns. Photograph:  Paul Faith/PA Wire

Democratic Unionist Party MP Ian Paisley jnr lobbied the Government against its plans to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes, claiming it would m(...)

A vendor waits for customers at a vegetable wholesale market in Hefei, Anhui province: China’s economic slowdown is delaying investment in the country. photograph: reuters

Problems with accessing the Chinese market and slower economic growth means US firms are planning to invest less in China, the American Chamber(...)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore talks to the media after his meeting with French president Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris earlier this month. Photograph: EPA/Yoan Valat

Ireland’s diplomatic corps has been an “essential part” of efforts to restore the State’s international reputation and economic recovery, the D(...)

 Ukraine’s border guard service announced that all its vessels have left Crimea, and Crimea’s naval ports are now under the control of Russian forces. Photograph: Reuters

I Russia is applying trade pressure on Ukraine in a stark reminder of its power to undermine its neighbo(...)

Margaret Hayes, who has died aged 59, was the youngest woman to become secretary general of a government department. After retiring, she became(...)

The Law Society said it believed plain packaging would lead to Ireland being sued by cigarette manufacturers, challenges before the WTO and more counterfeit tobacco products.

The influential Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America in Washington has joined the lobbying campaign against proposals by the Department(...)

President Vladimir Putin will visit Brussels on January 28th for his twice-yearly summit with the EU’s top officials, despite relations being under strain. Photograph: Mikhail Metzel/Reuters

The European Union has cancelled a traditional dinner with president Vladimir Putin at an EU-Russia summit in Brussels later this month to show there (...)

India’s trade minister Anand Sharma (centre) congratulates director general Roberto Azevedo (second from right) after the closing ceremony of the ninth TWO Ministerial Conference in Nusa Dua, Bali. Photograph:  Reuters/Edgar Su

For the first time in its 18-year history, the World Trade Organisation’s 159 members managed to agree on something last Saturday. It was a relativel(...)

Director-general Roberto Azevedo gestures as he is congratulated by delegates after the closing ceremony of the ninth World Trade Organisation (WTO) conference in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian resort island of Bali. Photograph: Edgar Su /Reuters

The World Trade Organisation reached its first ever trade reform deal today to the roar of approval from nearly 160 ministers who had gathered on the (...)

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