Swearing in: Michael D Higgins during his inauguration at Dublin Castle in 2011, flanked by his predecessors Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese. Photograph: Maxwell

It was a Friday afternoon, two days before Michael D Higgins’s visit to France in February 2013. At Áras an Uachtaráin, in Dublin, and the Irish Em(...)

John McHale (left), chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, and Graham Stull, EU Commission, at the Budget Perspectives conference in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The State’s budgetary watchdog has again warned the Government its plans for spending increases and tax cuts in the budget run counter to the “lette(...)

Journalist Gavin Sheridan: attempted to use European environmental legislation to extract  information from Nama.

A dispute between a journalist and Nama over the meaning of the word “including” has spent four years travelling through the Irish courts with a final(...)

’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; (...)