“The limited privatisation mooted here of individual Dublin bus routes provoked industrial action and is proceeding at a slow pace.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

In the 1980s, with the advent of the Thatcher regime in the UK, privatisation became a fashionable tool of public policy. However, it was pursued with(...)

I know where you were last summer. Everyone does. Remember? Wednesday, August 12th last, 2.18pm-4.27pm. When, for once, the sun shone having no altern(...)

Philippine environmental activists march during a protest at the Human Rights Commission office in Manila on September 22nd, 2015. The activists are calling for an investigation into the top 50 investor-owned fossil fuel companies over climate change impacts upon people and their livelihoods. Photograph: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

Chairman of the Government’s National Expert Advisory Council on Climate Change Dr John FitzGerald has said it is not realistic to expect the US, Chin(...)

From the inception of the International Financial Services Centre in the late 1980s, public policy sought to develop the financial sector in Ireland: (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan before announcing this year’s budget at Government Buildings last October. The momentum in the Irish economy means that fairly rapid growth is likely to continue into 2016, a key factor in assessing what the budgetary strategy should be for next year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Between the mid-1970s and 2007 the budget for the coming year was presented to the Dáil in December, immediately before the new financial year started(...)

One the most damaging legacies of the financial crisis in Ireland is the high level of indebtedness left in its wake. While down from its peak, govern(...)

Ireland is now one of the most expensive countries in the EU, up there with the UK and Sweden, and only exceeded by Denmark. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

While the popular perception is that the cost of living is always rising, since the beginning of the year consumer prices have on average been lowe(...)

 Olivier Blanchard, the recently retired chief economist of the IMF, believed it was an erroneous to assume that, under EMU, it would be easy to finance a current account deficit through foreign borrowing, given the absence of exchange rate risk

In Ireland since the second World War, major deficits on the current account of the balance of payments have generally been associated with periods of(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan being questioned about  Irish Water at the launch of Activate Capital. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Despite the Coalition’s muted protests about the troika forcing its hand on the water charges issue, Irish Water is very much a creature of Fine Gael.(...)

‘When it comes to the marine, we’ve a pretty good record of selling off the family silver, or even giving it away.’ Above, John Fitzgerald takes Lorna Siggins on a seaweed foraging tour. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

There can be few more pleasurable ways to acquire a spot of Latin than wading through cool, clear Atlantic waves off a southwest Kerry beach. I(...)