US president Donald Trump  with British prime minister Theresa May  at Chequers,  Buckinghamshire, in July 2018. File photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

As British chancellor Phillip Hammond put a brave face on Brexit during talks with senior political and business figures this week at Davos, across th(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May: expected to table a neutral motion in the House of Commons on Monday. Photograph: Hannah McKay

The coming week sees further efforts to achieve a cross-party consensus on Brexit in London, while Tánaiste Simon Coveney travels to Brussels for a se(...)

 Paddy Power Betfair: set to continue to grow in 2019. Photograph:  Paddy Power Betfair/PA

Regulatory and tax bills are mounting up at Irish betting behemoth Paddy Power Betfair. The group’s third-quarter trading statement calculates that th(...)

Philip Lane, Governor of the Central Bank. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The great and the good of the financial world are gathering in Washington for the annual spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund which cont(...)

Brexit now resembles ‘Father Ted’ and the UK is Craggy Island.

The behaviour of the Brexiteers at the heart of the UK government is beginning to resemble a mash-up of several episodes of Father Ted. That some pro(...)

 Liz Truss: the lord chancellor’s  shock ruling saw shares in insurance companies tumble. Photograph: PA

The shake-up in the system for calculating personal injury payouts didn’t quite have the glamour of the Oscars. The confusion was there, though, follo(...)

British chancellor Philip Hammond has said Britain may be forced to change its economic model if it is locked out of the single market after Brexit. Photograph: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

British chancellor Philip Hammond has infuriated German politicians for implying a “hard” Brexit would see London adopt a new role as a tax haven bef(...)

After gaining as much as 0.3 per cent during the day against the dollar, sterling was steady at $1.2295. It gained 0.1 per cent to 89.20 pence per euro. Photograph: Miles Willis/Bloomberg

Sterling touched its highest in almost two weeks against the euro on Wednesday, holding onto its biggest one-day gain in months and riding out another(...)

Enda Kenny: Consideration of abortion issue by citizens’ assembly will take ’six, seven, eight’ months. Photograph: Reuters

It is likely British prime minster Theresa May will formally begin the process of exiting the European Union in January or February, Taoiseach Enda Ke(...)

 A Syrian boy walks past the collapsed minaret of a mosque in the rebel-held city of Douma, outside Damascus, on Thursday.  The mosque was targeted one day earlier by forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar Assad. Photograph: EPA/Mohammed Badra

France has become the first major western power to directly accuse the Syrian government of violating the country’s ceasefire, saying air strikes thi(...)

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