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A lorry passes a sign on a main road outside Newry pointing towards an old customs and excise station near the Border. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Among the arcane provisions of the Common Agricultural Policy in the 1980s were subsidies paid on exports of agricultural produce, such as cattle, to (...)

‘After 2008, the necessary adjustment was concentrated into four years. Recovery is faster when tough medicine is taken quickly.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The financial crisis of the last decade brought misery to many and imposed major costs on nearly everyone in Ireland. Fortunately, the economy has now(...)

Google employees stage a “women’s walkout” at their Googleplex offices in protest over the company’s handling of payouts to  managers who had allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct at the company in Mountain View, California. Photograph: REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Property developer Paddy McKillen and his business partner Tony Leonard have lost a bid to sue the former Anglo Irish Bank in the US courts over Mr Mc(...)

The UK announced a tech tax this week. While this type of tax has serious defects, the move reflects a public concern felt across the EU. Photograph: Getty Images

With the rise of the modern economy our lives have come to depend on networks such as the electricity, gas and water systems. While a century ago many(...)

Ireland’s largest estate agent Sherry FitzGerald paid a dividend of just more than over €1 million to shareholders last year

Ireland’s largest estate agent Sherry FitzGerald paid a dividend of just more than over ¤1 million to shareholders last year on the back of strong sal(...)

‘If the UK is reduced to England, Wales and the North, the exceptional generosity of transfers to the North will stand out even more, increasing the likelihood that mainland politicians will choose to  cast the North adrift.’

While the final form that Brexit will take is still up in the air with just five months to go, the effects on the Irish economy when Britain leaves th(...)

The fate of peat burning power stations in the Midlands, however, will largely depend on the extent to which the EPA will permit “co-firing of peat with biomass” in coming years. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Peat is the most damaging fuel in terms of global warming; even worse than coal. It has a lower calorific value than coal (generating less energy per(...)

European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier attends an EU General Affairs Council in Luxembourg, on October 16, 2018.Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

What is a no-deal Brexit? A no-deal Brexit is the term used to describe what happens if the UK leaves the European Union without concluding a withdr(...)

The Department of Agriculture stressed  these reports “do not appear to have any immediate significance for Irish hares:.

The Department of Agriculture has said there will be increased vigilance throughout Ireland after reports of the death of large numbers of brown hare(...)

Laughing all the way to the apocalypse: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Denis Naughten, who resigned as minister for climate action this week. Photograph: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

Without a co-ordinated global response, unprecedented in history, in as little as 12 years “several hundred million” lives will be immediately threate(...)

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