Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said that ‘given the concerns of our citizens I accept that we will have to make changes globally’.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/ Bloomberg

Ireland had a “victory” this week when EU finance ministers decided to abandon – for now – the idea of imposing a special digital sales tax to increas(...)

Firms in the tourism sector,   already  feeling the pinch from a weaker sterling, have been the worst hit over Brexit as the industry relies heavily on tourism from Britain. Photograph: Kirsty O’Connor/PA Wire

Some 35 per cent of SMEs in the Republic and 40 per cent in the North say they have cancelled or postponed plans to invest in their businesses due to (...)

Bono, U2 singer and co-founder of the One campaign, speaks during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph:   Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

U2 frontman and social activist Bono endeared himself to an audience of global business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday when(...)

 Prince William at a panel session in Davos.  Photograph: Gian Ehrenzeller

While global leaders including US president Donald Trump, British prime minister Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron have decided against repeat visits to(...)

Fang Xinghai, vice chairman of China Securities Regulatory Commission, gestures as he speaks during a panel session on the opening day of the World Economic Forum in Davos.   Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

The slowdown in China’s growth rate to levels not seen in almost three decades “is not going to be a disaster,” a senior Chinese official said at the (...)

Prime minister of Canada Justin Trudeau with his present from Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, whose  department spent €6,649.17 on VIP gifts  in the 11-and-a-half months to mid-December 2018. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Charles Haughey famously gave Margaret Thatcher a teapot, Enda Kenny liked to hand out books of poems but for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar sporting parapher(...)

Global stock investors took fright in early October as the US Federal Reserve signalled a possible more aggressive path for rate hikes, sending US bond yields to eight-year highs. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

Stock-market Cassandras warning of impending danger were a brave species at the start of the year, as Wall Street indices hit fresh all-time highs on(...)

The Aughinish Alumina refinery on the Shannon Estuary near Foynes, Co Limerick.

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will meet US treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin in Washington on Tuesday amid growing concern over continuing US sa(...)

Buying flowers with a card at a market in Stockholm, Sweden. Cash is disappearing in the country faster than anyone thought it would. Photograph: Loulou d’Aki/The New York Times

Few countries have been moving toward a cashless society as fast as Sweden. But cash is being squeezed out so quickly – with half the nation’s retaile(...)

“Bitcoin accepted” sign in the window of a cafe in Zurich. Photograph: iStock

One of the top bankers in the euro zone has described bitcoin as “the evil spawn of the financial crisis”. European Central Bank executive board membe(...)

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