A gale of opprobrium blew up over comments by economist Colm McCarthy deriding any further investment in wind energy

Colm McCarthy, the clever but contrarian UCD economist, doesn’t mince his words. He prefers instead to mince the targets of his ire, which last weeken(...)

Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan: Lady Bracknell would have been justified in censuring Irish policymakers. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / Irish Times

After every financial crisis home-spun truths have a habit of reasserting themselves, according to Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan. In th(...)

Becoming part of the Single Electricity Market would require huge investment.  Photograph: Collins

Irish consumers face “significantly higher” prices for electricity due to efforts by the European Union to create a single European market for power, (...)

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin announced yesterday that the Government would contribute €1.5 billion in exchequer funding by 2017.

The Government plans to build 10,000 social housing units by 2018 as part of a €2.2 billion capital investment package that could include private sect(...)

 John FitzGerald, librarian at University College Cork: winner of the €1,000 poetry award believes “the most important skill is to be critical of one’s own work”.

A librarian whose writing has never appeared in print before today has won the Patrick Kavanagh Poetry Award. John FitzGerald, university librarian(...)

 Griff and Garreth Jones from Wales at the Classic section at the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co Laois. Photograph: Eric Luke 2:39

If you feel like chewing on some crickets, blinging up your wellies or indulging in a spot of pole climbing then there is only one place to be this we(...)

Prof John FitzGerald: “Currently, we have a model where we bring in multinationals because of our low corporation tax and we’re coming under a lot of pressure for our rate to be increased.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland must end its dependence on low corporation tax to support its economy, according to a leading economist at the Economic and Social Research(...)

Nicky Byrne: effortlessly convivial

In a classic episode of the sitcom Seinfeld, the eponymous star, Jerry, approaches television executives with an idea for “a show about nothing”. I(...)

Despite the swooning over French economist Thomas Piketty, little of his analysis and conclusions on income inequality actually apply to Ireland. (Photograph: Ed Alcock/The New York Times)

If you are ever unlucky enough to be spending some leisure time with an economist, a way of livening up the proceedings is to challenge him or her on (...)

Squeezing the middle

Almost everyone in Ireland is worse off today than they were six years ago, thanks to the economic crisis. Few winners have emerged from the prolonged(...)