Dr Sean Barrett said a report in 2010 found that only 39 of the Department of Finance’s 542 staff were economists trained to a masters level or higher - less than 10 per cent of the department’s total staff.

The lack of obvious economic expertise within the Irish banking sector increases the likelihood that Ireland could see a repeat of the property bubble(...)

A handout picture from the Nepalese Army shows members of the army rescue unidentified trekkers from the Thorung La mountain pass on the Annapurna Circuit, near Muktinath, in Mustang district, Nepal, yesterday.

The death toll in a blizzard that engulfed trekkers on a popular hiking route in Nepal rose by nine today to 39 after a helicopter search spotted more(...)

Canadian resident Marie Gauvin (59) had returned to her native Birr, Co Offaly, on holidays last August when she was struck in the eye by glass. She told a sitting of Tullamore Circuit Court that “the colour part of my eye was oozing out” after the incident which occurred during Birr Vintage Week on August 4th, 2013.  Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

A tourist who was struck by glass during a festival has told a court she expects to wear a prosthetic eye in the future.Canadian resident Marie Gauvin(...)

Last year, 182 organisations in 15 countries received funding for more than 350 projects under the Emigrant Support Programme. Photograph: Getty Images

Organisations supporting Irish emigrants will be allocated an additional €1 million next year under new measures introduced as part of Budget 2015. Th(...)

Spanish medical practitioners shout against Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy during his visit to the Carlos III hospital in Madrid where a nursing assistant was infected with Ebola. Photograph: Daniel Ochoa de Olza/AP Photo

Following the death of a patient in the US from the Ebola virus and the case of a Spanish nurse contracting the viral haemorrhagic fever from a patien(...)

Real grass (above) is all the top players are looking for in next year’s Women’s World Cup in Canada. Officials want them to play the tournament on an artificial surface. Photograph: Harry Engels/Getty Images)

Attempts to force Canada to stage the Women’s World Cup on grass instead of artificial turf is now a legal matter, with US football star Abby Wambach (...)

An intensive care unit: none of the Republic’s 19 maternity units has an intensive care unit

The number of critical care hospital beds has fallen sharply over the past six years despite a recommendation to double capacity.The shortage of inte(...)

Twickenham will host 10 games, including the final, at the   Rugby World Cup  next year. Photograph: PA Wire.

Demand for next year’s Rugby World Cup has been so high that ballots will take place for some seats for every match to determine who gets tickets. At(...)

Brian Lenihan “relieved” when he phoned to say government accepted bailout, says former Canadian finance minister, Jim Flaherty, in book of essays published tomorrow. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/THE IRISH TIMES

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) demanded at one stage in the global financial crisis that Ireland should raise its 12.5 per cent corporation (...)

Dr Ivan Coulter, founder and chief executive of Sigmoid, said the company had raised €25 million since it was founded in 2003. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sigmoid Pharma, a Dublin-based drug developer, has raised €5 million in new investment from Canadian company Pendopharm. The Irish firm, which is base(...)