’Tis definitely the season for financial industry jamborees, what with Goodbody’s aviation conference earlier this month, the bit of craic at HedgeCra(...)

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.

If it didn’t exist, would it be created? That is the most basic test of any public institution (try it on the Seanad). The same test should be applied(...)

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

Ireland is back on its feet and on verge of becoming first EU country to exit its bailout, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Developme(...)

 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

The economy formally left recession in the second quarter, according to figures published yesterday by the Central Statistics Office. However, the ove(...)

Total spending by the State fell considerably last year, while its combined sources of income rose slightly, according to public accounts figures publ(...)

Reports this week that the South African bank, Investec, will enter the mortgage market are to be welcomed, but this will not be a game-changer

The figures speak volumes. After an uninterrupted freefall in property prices over many years, a very clear inflection point was reached early last ye(...)

A woman walks past a union flag attached to a shuttered shopfront on the Shankill Road in west Belfast last  December following violent protests over restrictions on flying the flag from Belfast City Hall. “If anyone is in any doubt about how conflict disrupts business, just ask Belfast’s hard-pressed merchants.” Photograph: Reuters

Just how accurate is the cliche that we live in an ever-more globalised world? As technology allows more human activity to take place across borders; (...)

Average weekly incomes among the elderly dropped by 5 per cent from 2009 to 2011.Photograph: Alan Betson/The  Irish Times

New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the elderly have suffered financially less than other age groups during the recession.The ave(...)

There are indications that Ireland emerged out of recession between April and June, following yesterday’s confirmation that the euro zone as a whole h(...)

The expansion in the euro zone’s economy in the second quarter ended the longest recession since the euro was established in 1999.

The euro zone is formally out of recession, according to figures published by the EU’s statistics agency in Luxembourg. Gross domestic product - the w(...)