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During his time in Brussels, Phil Hogan used his well-honed political skills to develop important contacts with a range of individuals that further enhanced his reputation as a smart political operator. File photograph: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

Given the heights to which Phil Hogan has soared in Irish and EU politics over a lengthy and sometimes colourful career, it was inevitable that any fa(...)

If Phil Hogan applied and was successful in becoming WTO director general, it would mean the next government would have to choose a replacement commissioner. Photograph: Eric Luke

European commissioner and former minister for the environment Phil Hogan is considering applying to be director general of the World Trade Organisatio(...)

Chris Patten delivered a lecture in Dublin in honour of the late businessman and statesman Peter Sutherland. File photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty

Former British Conservative Party chairman Chris Patten says he is “amazed” that the UK government regards a “level playing field” with the EU as “an (...)

Chris Patten: ‘Stopping more people coming in seasonally to pick potatoes  isn’t a very sophisticated way of dealing with labour market problems.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley/The Irish Times

The UK’s plan to close its borders to unskilled workers and non-English speakers is “intended to catch headlines” and “satisfy popular sentiment,” Bri(...)

Hugo MacNeill: worked on the Aer Lingus initial public offering and on one of the two Eircom IPOs. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Independent Seanad candidate and former Ireland rugby star Hugo MacNeill has stepped back from his role with investment bank Goldman Sachs in order to(...)

Julie Dawson in Berlin boarding  the Nightjet sleeper train to Vienna. Photograph: Derek Scally

At Berlin’s vast central station passengers are hurrying to board trains to Hanover, Düsseldorf and beyond. Just before 7pm, a train with unusual live(...)

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The Taoiseach is enjoying some rare time off over Christmas and this year promises to be a particularly special one for Leo Varadkar and his family. (...)

Oscar-winning Lord David Puttnam, left, Seamus Hand, managing partner KPMG, Ian Hyland, publisher Business & Finance Media and Mario Draghi, former president of the European Central Bank at the 45th annual Business & Finance Awards at the Convention Centre, Dublin. Mario Draghi received the Sutherland Leadership Award and Oscar-winning Lord David Puttnam received the TK Whitaker Award. Picture Conor McCabe

Former European Central Bank president Mario Draghi told business leaders in Dublin on Thursday evening that Europe must pull closer together to uphol(...)

Irish Times education columnist Brian Mooney receiving an honorary degree from the National University of Ireland,  pictured with NUI registrar Dr Attracta Halpin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Times education columnist and career guidance counsellor Brian Mooney has been conferred with an honorary degree by the National University of I(...)

 Coast guard divers prepare to go down to salvage a migrant boat that capsized and sunk  off Lampedusa, southern Italy. Photograph: Pasquale Claudio Montana Lampo/EPA

When an unspeakable tragedy occurs, it’s often hard not to think of the final moments of those involved. Thirty-nine people dead in the back of a lorr(...)

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