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(...)

Prof John McHale and Eddie Casey of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council: the council could play a useful role in conducting policy assessment. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Unwise fiscal policy choices in the 1977-1981 and 2003-2008 periods played a major role in the subsequent economic crises that did so much damage to I(...)

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, (...)