Healthier household finances are more widely expected this year with 38 per cent of consumers  saying they expect their financial situation to improve in the next twelve months

Irish consumer sentiment hit a 15-year high last month with households feeling increasing confident about the future despite concerns over the global (...)

A teacher and pupils of Our Lady of the Wayside national school in Bluebell, Dublin, recently. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Irish attitudes to primary education have transformed over the past two decades. It was once seen – at best – as a necessary route to the basics of r(...)

A surge in corporate tax receipts last year has been linked to a move by Apple to shift some of its intellectual property  rights here in wake of global moves to clamp down on multinational tax avoidance under the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting  initiative. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

Even a modest rise in Ireland’s 12.5 per cent corporation tax rate could seriously undermine the flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) here, a stud(...)

Sentiment among Dublin consumers recovered in late 2015, rising from 147.6 to 152.6 points in the third quarter

Consumer sentiment rebounded in the final three months of 2015, particularly in Dublin. However, many households are concerned about what this year w(...)

Bridgette Keane and her son Mark (10) at home in Sutton, Co Dublin. Photograph:  Eric Luke

‘He is in a school yard of about 200 children, with no voice. It’s very difficult.” It’s a stark image that Bridgette Keane conjures up of her non-ve(...)

Students from Saint Ultan’s primary school,  Cherry Orchard, Dublin during Catholic Schools Week 2015. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Inclusion in schools is not just about religious denomination but should also take account of nationality, ethnicity, socio-economic background and ab(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he would confirm the Government’s commitment to keep the cost-base under control and contain public spending when he met existing and potential investors at Davos on Thursday. Photograph: Collins

Ireland’s economy would have fared better if it had been permitted by the European Central Bank to burn private debt holders, Nobel Prize-winning eco(...)

We are already in election mode

Three party conferences and at least half-a-dozen election manifestos will inform voters before polling day arrives, probably in late February. Fianna(...)

December’s increase in consumer sentiment was the third monthly gain in a row

Consumer sentiment rose to a new 10-year high in December, buoyed by expectations of a stronger economy and healthier personal finances this year. Th(...)

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(...)