The error has been laid at the door of European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and her officials. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Pool/AP

Outside observers were left stunned as the EU’s attempt to fix one crisis – the control of Covid-19 vaccines – last week created another, namely an er(...)

US president-elect Joe Biden after delivering his victory address in Wilmington, Delaware, on Saturday. Photograph: Jim Lo scalzo/EPA

The arrival of Joe Biden in the White House offers a unique opportunity to reboot the transatlantic alliance which has suffered greatly from the Trump(...)

Two large surveying vessels, including the Celtic Explorer, bring scientists out to survey waters beyond 30 nautical miles off the Irish coastline. Photograph: David Branigan/Oceansport

“If we don’t have the data, we can’t make sustainable management decisions,” says Thomas Fury from the Marine Institute. This is possibly the simplest(...)

 Next US president – Joe Biden or  Donald Trump?  A Biden White House would not sign a deal seen to unfairly target big US companies. Photograph:  Jim Watson,Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty

A win for Joe Biden would change the tone of US economic policy – and its substance in some key areas – but it would not herald a return to how things(...)

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. File photograph: Fran Veale

Politics, a hardheaded business, moves on quickly and the Government now faces the pressing question of finding a replacement for the former European (...)

John Byrne, CEO of Hygeia

David O’Sullivan was chatting about shortages of alcohol-based hand sanitiser with staff over lunch at his factory in Dublin three weeks ago amid effo(...)

Former Italian prime minister Romano Prodi has travelled from northern Italy to Ireland to speak at a conference at Trinity College Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters.

Former Italian prime minister Romano Prodi has been given the all-clear to participate in a public conference at Trinity College Dublin after travelli(...)

David O’Sullivan’s last official posting was as EU ambassador to the US from 2014-2019. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The EU and UK could agree a “device” to extend the transition period if talks fail to secure a trade deal by the July 1st deadline, a former European (...)

Newbridge College  players celebrate at the final whistle after their victory over St Michael’s College in the semi-finals of the Bank of Ireland Leinster Schools Senior Cup semi-final at  Donnybrook. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Newbridge College 25 St Michael’s College 22 This could well rank as the biggest shock since Newbridge last won the Leinster Senior Cup in 1970 as th(...)

Fishing could be the biggest obstacle to a deal in the upcoming trade talks.

Michael Cavanagh stands on the quayside in Killybegs, Ireland’s largest fishing harbour. He points at a docked trawler in Co Donegal port to give a se(...)

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