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(...)

Political self-analysis

The MacGill Summer School is in full swing with politicians, lobbyists and critics gathering to identify necessary reforms; settle personal scores and(...)

An Tanáiste Joan Burton with Glenties residents including Michael Glynn, chairman of the Glenties Amalgamated CE scheme, enjoying a local walk. Photograph: North West Newspix

Tanáiste Joan Burton has called for politicians to work with the people to restore faith in the institutions of State. Countering widespread cynicis(...)

Dr Maurice Hayes called for “the transfer of substantial powers and responsibilities to a reinvigorated local government”. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES

Ireland’s political difficulties are compounded by a “lack of engagement” by the electorate and especially by the young, the MacGill Summer School ha(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said that on its own the change in the CSO estimate for GDP size would mean this year’s budget deficit would be closer to 4.5 per cent of GDP, compared to the target of 4.8 per cent

Pressure on the Government to find new budget cuts for next year eased substantially yesterday with the release of encouraging economic data for the s(...)

John Fitzgerald, ESRI With the publication on Wednesday of the Government’s accounts for the first six months of the year and the publication y(...)

Prof Philip Pettit from Princeton University (left) with Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn, and Prof Brian Nolan, principal, college of human sciences, UCD, at the UCD Garret Fitzgerald summer school in UCD yesterday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It may seem counter-intuitive but putting more power into the hands of “unelected agents” at the expense of politicians can enhance democracy.That wa(...)