The disproportionate influence of ratings agencies in informing European policy responses to the current crisis is undermining the role of citizens in governing their democracies, President Michael D Higgins said.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The disproportionate influence of ratings agencies in informing European policy responses to the current crisis is undermining the role of citi(...)

Prof John FitzGerald: said recovery in the construction industry would have a positive impact on people on the dole, especially those who don’t have an educational level above than the Leaving Certificate. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Young people will end up living with their parents until they are 35 unless the housing supply increases, Economic and Social (...)

German Minister for Finance Wolfgang talking to Michael Noonan in Brussels.  Schäuble laid out the view on which Berlin’s current policy is based with sobering clarity last week.  Photograph: Getty Images

Angela Merkel’s remarkable election result confirms her position as the dominant politician in Germany and so also in Europe. It is assumed she will g(...)

Some 1.65 million households spent about €3 billion on energy in 2011, or an average of just over €1,800 per home. Photograph: Getty Images

Energy use in residential properties is falling despite a significant increase in the number of households, according to the Sustainable Energy Author(...)