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Permanent TSB announced this week that it is selling €1.4bn of boom-time, interest-only buy-to-let mortgages to Citigroup. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Irish banks’ old problems haven’t gone away. As the sector faces into a fresh surge in bad loans, with thousands of businesses and households set to r(...)

Teachers also supported industrial action over lower pay rates in place for more recent entrants to the profession ‘to be taken in conjunction with one or both of the other teacher unions’. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Department of Education has insisted that schools are safe places for staff and students as second-level teachers backed potential strike action o(...)

 In French president Emmanuel Macron’s televised address to the nation, he said: ‘The virus is circulating in France at a speed that even the most pessimistic had not anticipated.’ Photograph:  Philippe Lopez/ AFP via Getty

Countries around Europe have enforced restrictive measures as a surge of Covid-19 cases led to widespread disruption around the continent, amid warnin(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron is seen on a TV screen through of a restaurant, in Paris as he delivers an evening televised address to the nation. Photograph:  Martin Bureau/AFP via Getty Images

France will resume a nationwide lockdown on Thursday night in a desperate effort to break the progression of the Covid-19 epidemic. The lockdown wil(...)

European Council president Charles Michel: ‘Within the space of just a few weeks, the situation has escalated from worrying to alarming.’ Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA/POOL

The email dropped late on Tuesday night: “A word from the president.” This was a missive from Charles Michel, the European Council president who has (...)

Shoppers at the   Aldi store  in Blackrock, Co Dublin.  File Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw

Aldi and Lidl have bowed to pressure to end the sale of “middle aisle” products deemed non-essential after the Government threatened a clampdown on re(...)

The contact tracing call centre in UCD. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

When it comes to testing and tracing, there’s no shortage of numbers. Some 1.54 million tests, 258,230 contact tracing calls; calls one, two and thre(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel  arrives with Berlin’s mayor Michael Mueller (left) and Markus Soeder (right), state premier of Bavaria for a news conference on the nation’s new coronavirus restrictions  in Berlin. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/AFP/Getty

Germany has agreed a month-long partial shutdown from Monday to slow the spread of Covid-19 infections, which has reached a new record of nearly 15,0(...)

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