The proposed pan-EU digital certificates would show if people have been vaccinated, tested negative or recovered from Covid-19. Photograph: iStock

Irish and international members of the European Parliament have been deluged by thousands of emails organised by anti-vaccination and anti-lockdown a(...)

 Tánaiste Leo Varadkar: he insists he has not broken the law, and defended his actions by saying he  circulated the contract to encourage NAGP members to agree to it.  Photograph: Alan Betson

“What I’m saying is it’s not going to arise,” said Tánaiste Leo Varadkar on the prospect of charges being brought against him on the back of the Garda(...)

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban: he retains allies among the more conservative and radical wing of the EPP group. Photograph: Getty Images

Right-wing Hungarian leader Viktor Orban has pulled his Fidesz party out of the European People’s Party (EPP) group in the European Parliament, the cu(...)

Boastful: Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When they weren’t loudly complaining about the Coalition’s latest Covid-19 communications cock-ups while pinning most of the blame on the Fianna Fáil (...)

Daragh Cassidy, head of communications with switching site Bonkers.ie, described the bank’s decision as a ‘body blow’ for consumers.

The departure of Ulster Bank from the Irish market, a process that will take some years, is likely to lead to higher lending and banking costs, and ma(...)

Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan, a former minister for foreign affairs, said China’s continued refusal to allow the Dublin businessman leave the country for almost two years could strain and ‘put a blemish on’ Irish-Chinese relations. Photograph: Garrett White/Collins

China should use the occasion of the Chinese New Year on Friday to permit businessman Richard O’Halloran to return home to Ireland, the chairman of th(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Paul McAuliffe:   ‘[...] I wasn’t prepared for the cynical approach to politics which you’re subjected to.’ Photograph: Tom Honan

Perceptions of time have changed for many in the past year due to the impact the Covid-19 pandemic has had on so much of life in Ireland. It might no(...)

European Parliament: voted in favour of the release of funding on Monday.

Ireland is to receive €23.3 million from the European Union Solidarity Fund as a “response to the serious public health emergency” posed by the Covid-(...)

Frances Fitzgerald MEP asked the European Banking Authority to consider reintroducing regulatory flexibility for industry-wide payment breaks. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The head of the European Banking Authority (EBA) said the watchdog’s decision in September not to extend guidelines for blanket Covid-19 payment break(...)

Elke Koenig, chair of the EU’s Single Resolution Board, has said non-performing loans could start coming through next year as the effects of Covid-19 payment holidays and government supports wane. Photograph: Fredrik von Erichsen/AFP/Getty Images

Irish banks are well prepared to deal with a spike in non-performing loans next year when the effect of payment breaks wear off, according to analysts(...)

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