COP21: Ireland has the advantage of exploiting renewable energy and not producing fossil fuels. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

There are no jobs on a dead planet. David Begg, former general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions summarised things neatly when (...)

Roundwood reservoir: Dublin is reliant on infrastructure built in the 1860s to bring its water from Wicklow. Irish Water’s business plan shows that our system is totally unsatisfactory

The major improvement in life expectancy experienced since the early 19th century owes a great deal to the provision of clean water and sewerage syste(...)

A Mayo man was on crystal meth when he stabbed Dublin GAA player Jonny Cooper several times in the face as the footballer walked along a city stree(...)

The share of our income that goes on Government services such as welfare, health and education is very low by European standards. As a result, contrar(...)

The decorative flowers of the late- summer flowering, highly poisonous perennial Aconitum. Photograph: Richard Johnston

‘Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble . . .” When a hapless Irish chef inadvertently poisoned his wealthy employers back in (...)

Public sector workers protesting about pay cuts in 2009. The latest Fempi bill will start to reverse the cuts. Photo: Matt Kavanagh

Every budget is usually followed by two key pieces of legislation that implement it. The Social Welfare Bill will introduce key improvements that take(...)

The pressures in the housing market are still growing and there is no “quick fix” available for what is, essentially, a shortage of supply. Even if (...)

Stefan Gerlach (right) and economist John FitzGerald at the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland annual conference in Dublin  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Risky lending by the banks is not the solution to the housing crisis, the deputy governor of the Central Bank, Stefan Gerlach, has said. Referring to (...)

Mary Hughes, president of the Irish Planning Institute, will discuss planning for future housing demand. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The timing of this year’s Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) annual conference may have been prophetic when it was scheduled within two day(...)

A protest about the number of people on hospital trolleys: the focus of attention on the immediate trolley problem and the need for quick fixes have made it difficult to solve some of the underlying problems in health. Photograph: Frank Miller

A number of theories feature in the economics literature to explain how the public service operates. Some suggest public servants manoeuvre to maximis(...)