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Taoiseach Enda Kenny speaks to Portugese prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho  at Sao Bento palace in Lisbon yesterday. Reuters/Jose Manuel Ribeiro

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has reported a measure of progress in talks with German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble on the stalled “banking union” (...)

For several years me, my husband and our two boys ( eight and 10) have stayed at an all-inclusive hotel in Ireland but the boys are now past th(...)

Protesters at the anti-austerity march in Dublin in February organised by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Some Irish politicians seem to be buying the hype that Ireland is Europe’s success story, suggesting that the country ease off on austerity giv(...)

A participant in an anti-austerity march in Dublin last November. Photograph: Alan Betson

Imagine that, last night, you’d watched a TV news report depicting some distant people who, living amidst great abundance of the wherewithal fo(...)

Ballydoreen Upper, Ashford, Co Wicklow

ENGLAND Just north of the cathedral city of Salisbury is this bric(...)

Portugal's economy minister Alvaro Santos Pereira arrives to attend a news conference in Lisbon.

Portugal's government plans to lower company tax rates "significantly" as part of a wider plan of incentives to drag the economy out of its wor(...)

Police officers block demonstrators trying to approach the Ritz Hotel during a protest against government austerity measures in Lisbon in April. Photograph: Reuters

The Praça da Figueira in Lisbon is a reminder of Portugal’s glorious past. Situated near the shores of the River Tagus, it is dominated by a st(...)

Praveen and Savita Halappanavar

“It’s not the role of the State to pass judgment on who a person falls in love with, or who they they want to spend their life with.” Tanaiste (...)

Beekeepers protesting  in front of the parliament in Lisbon. So far Portugal has not had the kind of social unrest seen 
its troubled neighbours such as 
Spain and Greece
 have seen
. Photograph: Jose Manuel Ribeiro/Reuters

When Portuguese prime minister Pedro Passos Coelho makes his annual tax declaration this year, he could be in for a shock. At least that’s the (...)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaueble. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble said continued support for crisis-hit countries was essential to stabilise the euro but insisted that(...)

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