It is easy to spot the potential for a greater application of evidence-based policy-making

Academic researchers play a crucial role in helping society fully understand its past, analyse its present and weigh up its future, but when it com(...)

  Managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  at Government Buildings Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Government debt as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) fell to 109 per cent last year on the back of better-than-expected economic growth.Fi(...)

The EU accounted for 53 per cent or €4.21 billion of all exports shipped in February

Ireland’s trade surplus decreased by €34 million or 1 per cent to €3.8 billion in February, as exports rose 3 per cent, according to new figures fr(...)

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald: met senior gardaí in February to raise concerns over the number of burglaries, particularly in the Dublin area. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald is to introduce tough measures for repeat burglars including consecutive sentences and tougher bail restrictio(...)

The value of debit card transactions is projected to exceed the amount withdrawn from ATMs in the Republic for the first time this year. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Cash is no longer king. Or at least its crown is now being threatened by our love of plastic, with the value of debit card transactions set to exceed (...)

Martin Long, director of the Catholic Communications Office said: “At the moment on behalf of the State, the priest acts as the solemniser of the marriage between a woman and a man”

Ireland’s Catholic bishops spokesman has said the church may no longer perform the civil aspects of weddings if marriage is extended to same-sex coup(...)

New car sales are up by over 30 per cent based on both registration and licensing figures for the first three months of 2015

The number of new cars taxed for the first time during the first three months of this year is up 33.5 per cent on the same period last year. By the en(...)

A report published in November found that the Garda Síochána was under-recording crime trends by some 38 per cent. Photograph: Alan Betson

The release of crime statistics has been suspended for a second time due to ongoing examination into the integrity of the data collected by the Garda.(...)

A lengthy delay in the Eurostat decision could mean the Government having to take Irish Water spending in to Government spending for 2015, pushing up the deficit. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish Water has been provisionally classified as being on the Government balance sheet by the Central Statistics Office, pending a decision by Eurosta(...)

The Live Register, which also includes part-time and casual workers, fell by 1.3 per cent month on month. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

The standardised unemployment rate fell slightly in March as the number of people signing on to the Live Register showed a decline. The latest figures(...)