Carbon taxes – which hit fossil fuels such as turf, coal, oil and gas – can help reduce consumption of these items and lower greenhouse gas emissions, but they leave decisions on labour supply relatively unaffected. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Everybody in Ireland pays some tax but it is not necessarily the person who pays over the tax to the Revenue Commissioners who suffers the loss of inc(...)

With the advent of the financial crisis in 2008, the Single Market in banking services effectively broke up.  Photograph: REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Before the economic crisis there was extensive competition to provide banking services across Europe. Many banks had expanded their activities across (...)

A man who performed a handbrake turn into oncoming rush hour traffic in order to avoid gardaí­ has been sentenced to four and half years with the las(...)

A significant social change over the past 40 years has been the gradual disconnection between the decision to get married and the decision to have children. Photograph: Thinkstock

Up to the 1970s, Irish family formation largely followed a traditional pattern of marriage followed by children. Those who married had fairly large fa(...)

The full range of election manifesto promises on tax have yet to be unveiled, but well-placed leaks suggest that parties are likely to compete on who will offer the most generous package of tax reductions

In the run-up to the General Election, many promises of tax cuts are in the air but how these proposals are to be financed is far from clear. So far, (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan’s budget documents present some limited alternative scenarios on what might happen if world growth were lower than assumed or if euro area interest rates were higher than expected. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The economic crisis, from which we are now recovering, taught us many lessons. Some of them will be remembered for some time to come. One of the mos(...)

The takeover of Aer Lingus by British Airways looks set to add to Dublin Airport’s business with flights to new destinations in the summer. Photograph: Reuters

Returning to Dublin this week from Minneapolis you could not miss the fact that it is Christmas time. While many suburban gardens in Minneapolis were (...)

Photovoltaic power panels in El Bonillo, Spain. The big challenge for solar is the creation of large-scale concentrated solar power stations. Photograph:  Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

High-tech fixes are the US cavalry of the climate change movie. The plot runs like this: when all else fails, especially arguments that we should chan(...)

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In the years following the financial and economic collapse of 2008, the human misery caused was reflected most clearly in the rapidly rising numbers u(...)

Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly said the Government could build on the preparatory work under way. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The passing of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill was described as “historic” by Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly in the Dáil.(...)