Stemming the brain drain

Since 2008 and the onset of recession, almost a quarter of a million people have left Ireland with the numbers rising as the economy contracted, unemp(...)

The sector with the largest monthly increase was motor trades, where sales increased by 36.1 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Retail sales jumped by 8.2 per cent in July, the second largest monthly rise this year, on the back of strong car sales, which benefitted from the int(...)

The latest Quarterly National Household Survey, compiled by the Central Statistics Office, shows the State’s headline rate of unemployment is now 11.5 per cent, down from a recessionary high of 15.1 per cent in 2012.

There is no greater reflection of economic health than job creation, and on that basis the Irish economy appears to be heading out of recession. (...)

Dublin Airport: Just 11,600 Irish people arrived home from abroad last year, a fall of 26 per cent on the previous 12 months, and half the 2009 figure.

There are strong indications that the wave of mass emigration out of Ireland prompted by the downturn may be finally slowing, with the number of Irish(...)

To govern is to choose, not to speculate and to raise public expectations that cannot later be met. The Government needs to manage economic expectatio(...)

A total of 81,900 people of all nationalities left Ireland in the 12 months to April, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show.

The number of Irish people emigrating for better opportunities abroad fell for the first time in seven years last year, dropping 20 per cent from 50,9(...)

Ireland’s unemployment rate has fallen to five-year low of 11.5 per cent, dipping below the euro zone average for the first time since the financial c(...)

Average weekly earnings in the public sector in the second quarter of this year were €919, almost €300 higher than €622 recorded for the private sector. Photograph: Reuters/Michaela Rehle

EOIN BURKE-KENNEDYAverage weekly pay rates in the public sector are nearly 50 per cent higher than those in the private sector, according to new data (...)

The VAT rate for tourism-related services was reduced from 13.5 per cent to 9 per cent in July 2011. Photograph: Joe St Leger

More than 21,600 direct jobs have been created in the food and accommodation sector since VAT was reduced to 9 per cent for tourism-related service(...)

Latest economic figures show a drop in the price of manufacturing output. Photograph: Alan Betson

Annual manufacturing prices decreased in July by 2.4 per, according to figures released today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). This compared to(...)