The 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull reminded us just how damaging such events can be. However, the most costly Icelandic eruption of recent times was financial in nature: proportionately, the country’s banking bust was even bigger than Ireland’s.

Iceland is a country that, in recent history, has seen many volcanic eruptions that have changed the landscape as well as occasionally sometimes troub(...)

 Fireworks explode over the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin as tens of thousands gather to celebrate the reunification of the two Germanys, October 3rd, 1990. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, Germany was reunified a year later. The German government at the time argued that unification could be (...)

Although gas prices have fallen by between 20 per cent and 30 per cent over the last year, Irish households have not seen a corresponding fall in the (...)