Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel takes a forceful strong line against any lifting of the Syrian arms embargo. Photograph: Laurent Dubrule (Reuters)

A demand by France and Britain to ease the Syria n arms embargo to provide weapons to the rebels ran into resistance at the su(...)

European Council president Herman Van Rompuy with  Taoiseach Enda Kenny. A Cyprus deal might give Mr Kenny more leverage as he campaigns for further concessions to ease Ireland’s banking debt. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Taoiseach Enda Kenny declined to cast judgment on talks to impose losses on senior bondholder(...)

China's vice premier Li Keqiang talks with China's newly-elected president Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing today. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

China's parliament formally elected heir-in-waiting Xi Jinping as the country's new president today, succeeding Hu Jintao, putting the final se(...)

The Government are urging people to avoid excessive drinking during St Patrick’s Day festivities. Photograph Johnny Green/PA Wire

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore has appealed to people to avoid the excessive drinking that sometimes mars St Patrick’s(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the summit was not a crisis meeting. Photograph:  Sang Tan/PA Wire

Eu ropean leaders gather in Brussels today for a two-day summit amid mounting disagreement between member states about the efficacy of the Euro(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the summit was not a crisis meeting. Photograph:  Sang Tan/PA Wire

Eu ropean leaders gather in Brussels today for a two-day summit amid mounting disagreement between member states about the efficacy of the Euro(...)

President Michael D. Higgins wished Pope Francis well in his pontificate. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

President Michael D Higgins wished Pope Francis well in his pontificate, expressing his “sincere best wishes” on behalf of the(...)

The chamber at Leinster House

The Central Bank will have independent oversight of arrangements made between banks and those with mortgage difficulties, Taoiseach Enda Kenny(...)

Michael Noonan will be the most senior minister in the country on St Patrick’s Day

A total of 20 Government representatives will travel abroad to represent Ireland on St Patrick’s Day. The Government Chief Whip will go (...)

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will in effect be left in charge of the State when Taoiseach Enda Kenny and other Government Ministers travel a(...)

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