Writer Martina Devlin, facilitator Ciaran Carty and author Xiaolu Guo judging the 44th Hennessy literary awards. Photograph: Alan Betson
The latest Hennessy nominees

The new year heralds a new home for New Irish Writing, the renowned literary page that has discovered many of Ireland’s leading writers. Launched b(...)

Over the last 40 years, Irish elections have been fought increasingly over competing manifestos and programmes for Government that have become progressively more sophisticated. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

We are in the lead-in to an election and political parties are working on their election manifestoes. The forthcoming election may give voters an oppo(...)

The data shows that the exceptionally high death rate among children of unmarried mothers was not confined to any one home or any one location in Ireland and that it persisted till the 1940s.

While the standard of living today, measured in terms of income per head, is a multiple of what it was a century ago, a much more dramatic improvement(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank. the bank’s chief task has been to maintain a stable inflation rate in the euro zone, defined as close to but below 2 per cent.

Too much inflation is a bad thing, and can risk spiralling out of control. But too little inflation – price changes at or near zero – makes legacy deb(...)

Although a vigorous economic recovery seems to be under way again, there is still uncertainty as to whether it will be sustained. photo:  ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Emigration has been part of Irish life for over two centuries, as successive generations of parents have seen their children leave. This process is st(...)

Some key elements of the tax structures used by tech companies based here are in the sights of the OECD. In an update on its project to combat aggress(...)

Construction cranes over London: The vibrancy of the London economy depends on the fact that it is a world financial centre, attracting skilled workers from all over the world. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

With the UK in election mode, immigration has become a significant political issue. Responses to the 2008 European Social Survey showed that 56 per ce(...)

  Action by individual countries cannot solve the problem of greenhouse gas emissions and achieving a global coalition is exceptionally difficult. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

The threat to humanity posed by global warming only became apparent about 25 years ago as a result of a major scientific research effort. The global n(...)

Catching up: experience suggests that the housebuilding sector is a bit like a super-tanker and is slow to turn around in response to market signals and begin to grow. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

One of the costs of the economic crisis was the cloud of pessimism that accompanied it. The Government, many companies and private citizens were so fo(...)

 Maximum taxi fares are reviewed every two years by the NTA, which is the regulatory body for public transport.   Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

There is likely to be an increase in taxi fares after a review of the system is completed in the coming months, National Transport Authority (NTA) cha(...)