President Michael D Higgins: he might have been expected to understand the limitations of the role of president and, more specifically, not to use it as a platform to advance a political agenda

Higgins has resorted to tiresome name-calling of the reactionary left, including their favourite term of abuse ‘neoliberal’

The most important number in the latest national accounts is noticeably off target

Prof of international business and development at Trinity College Dublin, Frank Barry, speaks at the Joint Oireachtas Sub Committee on Global Taxation. Photograph: Alan Betson

Prof Frank Barry describes World Bank estimates of low profit tax as ‘rubbish’

Astonishingly, the apprenticeship system – even now – is still geared towards the building industry, despite the OECD making clear recommendations for this insanity to stop in its last report, two years ago.

Report cites over 170 budget lines in ‘innovation space’

Dr Angel Gurría, secretary-general of the Paris-based think-tank, warned that growth, frustratingly slow to date, would not pick up unless competitiveness improved and the banks’ balance sheets were cleaned up.  Photograph: Reuters

Think-tank points to labour market reforms and need for more competitiveness

The OECD has criticised Government policies on job creation. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

But think tank says Government policies do not focus enough on long-term unemployment

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on September 15th, 2008, the day 
as the bankruptcy filing by U.S. investment bank 
Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy.

The collapse of Lehman Brothers five years ago exposed the rotten core of the west’s financial system, changing America, Ireland (...)

Supporters of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party in Greece. Photograph: Grigoris Siamidis/Reuters

Jobs markets of fellow euro zone peripherals gives cause for despair

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, speaking on the steps of the Department of Finance yesterday after the quarterly results were published. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Exports and consumer spending rise but GDP growth fails to meet projections

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