Anti-water charges protests: the latest form of lump-sum charge, the water charges, is the main focus of organised opposition to taxes today. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Colbert, a French finance minister of the late 17th century, said: “The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest pos(...)

The Edward M Kennedy Institute opens on March 30th on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Boston, dedicated to the late US senator Edward Kennedy, pictured here (front) with Al Gore in 2000. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan paid tribute to late US senator Edward Kennedy at a event in Boston last night ahead of today’s official(...)

For those of us whose bedtime reading is the latest thriller from the Central Statistics Office, it has been clear for some time that the Irish econom(...)

In the 1820s Ireland had an impressive system of primary education in spite of its relative poverty. This system had developed independently of the (...)

Classical economics was built around the notion that people’s behaviour responds to prices in a way that makes markets work. While price does influenc(...)

After seven years of tough cuts in public expenditure and increases in taxation we are, hopefully, at the end of the process of adjustment. This do(...)

John FitzGerald  gave the Banking Inquiry an insight into the mindset of the top brass at AIB in 2006, which  it seems had its own concerns about the Irish economy at that time. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

John FitzGerald’s four-hour appearance at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry shone a light on how the ESRI, the country’s main economic think-tank, goes a(...)

John  FitzGerald was of the view that  concern over stress tests emanated from the board of AIB. “This would not have happened unless there was very senior buy-in [at AIB].” File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times 2:06

AIB approached the ESRI in early 2006 to see if the thinktank would carry out a stress test of the bank’s balance sheet as it felt that a similar exer(...)

John Fitzgerald, research affiliate at the ESRI, said that the ESRI did not draw the connection between the growth of a property market bubble and the risks to the Irish financial system. (Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times) 2:06

The ESRI failed to forecast the financial collapse in 2008, economist John FitzGerald told the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry today.He said the ESRI did n(...)

North Sea oil rig: The recent oil price collapse is primarily due to an increase in supply. Photograph: Kristian Helgesen/Bloomberg

One of the more favourable economic “surprises” over the past six months has been the fall in oil prices. Already the gain is clear to anyone who has (...)