Governor of the Central Bank Philip Lane: how can he force lawyered-up banks to do the right thing for customers caught up in the tracker mortgage scandal? Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Central Bank governor Philip Lane signalled this week that he was running out of road trying to coerce Ireland’s more stubborn, lawyered-up banks into(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: Government ministers tend not to speak any foreign languages. Mr Varadkar has twice gone to Downing Street but has yet to pay a visit to Paris or Berlin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Britain’s Brexit breakdown, like all good horror shows, leaves you repulsed yet somehow unable to avert your eyes. Ireland is wedged into the best se(...)

At the EU summit in Brussels, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was busy collecting the mobile-phone numbers of the other prime ministers. Photograph: Aurore Belot/AFP/Getty Images

In a face-off with Martin O’Neill and the Republic of Ireland squad, team Leo knows there can only be one winner. And it won’t be Fine Gael. Not ever(...)

 Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe:   what matters to those affected is “not the completion of a probe, but the end of a journey”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Banks involved in the tracker mortgage scandal will have to commit to starting compensation payments by Christmas in order to avoid punishment measure(...)

“There are loyalists who have said to me they would rather be poor in the UK than well-off in a united Ireland.” Above, the Shankill Road area. Photograph: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Opinion was split on the Shankill Road in Belfast about the Taoiseach’s suggestion this week that Brexit would see a scramble for Irish passports from(...)

Leo Varadkar clashed with Macron in the council discussion over a potential digital tax, a proposal yet to be formulated by the Commission, but one much desired by the French. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

“They’re in there on their own,” laughs one diplomat. “It terrifies the officials.” Talk to anyone who has been leader of a country, or read their me(...)

President Donald Trump and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell. Photograph: Tom Brenner/The New York Times

Ireland’s corporate tax regime was the unlikely focus of “fake news” allegations this week after US president Donald Trump claimed Ireland was reducin(...)

Eanna O’Cochlain with his daughter Caoibhe: he was arrested in the Philippines on a cannabis possession charge of which he says he is innocent.

An Irish man facing 12 years in jail in the Philippines for possession of a tiny amount of cannabis says he feels he has been abandoned by the Irish G(...)

CRH buoyed by renewed hopes that US president Donald Trump will be able to push through infrastructure spending plans

Irish shares closed higher on Friday, with Iseq index heavyweight CRH buoyed by renewed hopes that US president Donald Trump will be able to push thro(...)

British prime minister Theresa May takes a seat as she arrives for a bilateral meeting with European Council president Donald Tusk during the EU summit in Brussels. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AFP/Getty Images

A two-day European Union summit in Brussels ended on an upbeat note Friday, with leaders expressing confidence that their next meeting in December wo(...)