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Ann Derwin moves to Beijing at a critical time in relations between the countries when the supply of personal protective equipment from Chinese manufacturers is essential to the State’s fight against Covid-19 and as China becomes a more important trading partner and destination for exports. Above, a shipment of PPE arrives from China to Dublin Airport. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Former vet and one-time chief economist at the Department of Agriculture Ann Derwin is to become Ireland’s next ambassador to China. Ms Derwin, who (...)

Bono felt a musical response by the band to Covid-19 was not the right response. ‘I just don’t think this is the moment for U2 to be doing a sort of Kumbaya thing. It just doesn’t feel right for me – it feels like a time for action rather than words,” he says. File photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

One Saturday afternoon early last month, the Minister for Finance telephoned the rock star. Paschal Donohoe’s call led, some time later, to Bono beco(...)

Then minister for foreign affairs Charlie Flanagan   greets the  Chinese ambassador to Ireland, Yue Xiaoyong, at a meeting in Dublin in 2016. Mr Flanagan, now Minister for Justice, announced in June that Ireland would soon introduce a five-year multi-entry visa option for Chinese visitors. Photograph: Alan Rowlette

Ireland and China celebrated their 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations last week, and trade figures suggest the bilateral relationship is one tha(...)

Ireland’s ambassador in London, Dan Mulhall, is to become ambassador to the US. Photograph: Malcolm McNally

Ireland’s ambassador in London, Dan Mulhall, is to become ambassador to the United States as part of a rotation in the senior ranks at the Department (...)

Seán Quinn: A1 said the current estimated value of recovered Quinn family assets was not more than €109.5 million, down from about €182.5 million in 2013. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Government has postponed the sale of real estate in Russia and Ukraine that belonged to the family of former billionaire Seán Quinn, due to a seve(...)