The WTO said on Thursday that the two women were the remaining candidates for director-general after the field was cut from five to two. Photograph: Fabrice CoffriniI / AFP via Getty Images

Former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korean trade minister Yoo Myung-hee are the final candidates to head the World Trade O(...)

 It’s too early to say how we’ll fare under Brexit but the initial signs don’t look good. Photograph: Alan Betson

Barely a week goes by without some dire warning about the Irish economy. We’ve been in the crosshairs of Brexit for four years, at the centre of a glo(...)

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said there would be no change to income tax credits or bands, USC or PRSI. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/DPA via AP, Pool

The Government will not make any changes to income tax in next month’s Budget, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has indicated. With Covid-19 case(...)

While the UK remains the most important market for Irish beef, farmers are exporting successfully into other countries and sales continue to grow year on year.

Brexit talks between London and Brussels have ramped up in recent weeks with the hope that a free trade agreement can be reached before the clock runs(...)

Paschal Donohoe said Budget 2021 will focus on providing further support to the coronavirus-hit economy. Photograph: Julien Behal

The Government will frame next month’s Budget on the basis of a no-deal Brexit and will not bring in any major taxation increases, Minister for Financ(...)

 British prime minister Boris Johnson departs 10 Downing Street following a cabinet meeting in London, Britain, on Tuesday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Downing Street has warned the House of Lords against attempting to block the UK Internal Market Bill, which would break international law by giving Br(...)

The market has turned substantially bearish on sterling. Photograph: iStock

Sterling fell over 1 per cent to a more than five-month low on Thursday as UK and the EU prepared for emergency talks on a future trade deal. Sterlin(...)

First Minister Arlene Foster: The North could be largely locked out of the UK’s new industrial policy and find logic points  to co-ordination with the Republic.  Photograph:  William Cherry/Presseye

It is obvious now even to the DUP that Boris Johnson’s government will always choose its vision of Brexit over Northern Ireland’s place in the union. (...)

Boris Johnson during prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons, London, Britain. Photograph: UK parliament/Jessica Taylor/PA Wire

British prime minister Boris Johnson has defended his decision to introduce a Bill that would break international law, telling MPs it is necessary to (...)

Former EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan: There is a perception he opted to fight himself into a corner rather than coming clean early and possibly keeping his job. Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Ireland’s former commissioner Phil Hogan had to resign because he destroyed trust with his boss, commission president Ursula von der Leyen, by holding(...)

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