Apple, Microsoft, Google and five other tech firms now account for more than a fifth of the $2.1 trillion in profits that US companies are holding overseas

Eight of the biggest US technology companies added a combined $69 billion to their stockpiled offshore profits over the past year, even as some corpo(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure  Brendan Howlin: “We had to make contingency plans for the collapse of the euro at that time. They were scary, scary times.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Economic Management Council drew up contingency plans for the collapse of the euro when the single currency entered its most serious period of cr(...)

As the EU prepares its new regulations, indications are that data protection challenges will be handled by the data protection commissioner in the country in which a multinational has its EU headquarters. For many  big  tech companies, that country is already Ireland. Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty

Apple’s decision to place a major new data European centre in Athenry, announced Monday, further cements Ireland’s international reputation as a data (...)

Microsoft: results today. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
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TODAY Results: Crane; Microsoft; Sanmina. Meetings: Hostelworld conference (Convention Centre Dublin). Indicators: Euro zone retail sales (D(...)

The cloud computing firm EMC currently employs about 3,000 people in Ireland

Cloud computing giant EMC is seeking planning permission for a new data centre and office block at one of its Cork locations. The planning application(...)

A senior Labour Party minister has said he has doubts over whether the Economic Management Council (EMC), the four member committee which sets econom(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton said she was ‘very confident that the Taoiseach and I are very much on the same page’ regarding Irish Water. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Tánaiste Joan Burton has insisted she and Taoiseach Enda Kenny are “on the same page” following criticism of her claim that the Irish Water bill for a(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton’s statement that a family of four adults would pay less than €200 a year for water was called an “underestimation” by one Government source. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Coalition is now considering extending the period during which homeowners will pay a fixed rate water charge until 2018, The Irish Times has learn(...)

Lower charges for families are understood to apply until metering, and the moves are designed to allay political anxiety about households who feared they would have to pay €800 or €900 annually. Photograph: Cyril Byrne 2:43

The Government is considering measures to ensure the total water charges bill for families with adult children comes in well below the maximum €424 t(...)

Hazel Norton and George Heinz from Ballyfermot, Dublin, prepare for today’s anti-water charge protests today. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The Government is bracing itself for the biggest display of public opposition to one of its policies as tens of thousands of people prepare to take(...)