Britain still ranks as Ireland’s main food export destination and by some way, accounting for nearly 40 per cent of all food exports.   Photograph: Bloomberg

In the space of three weeks last September, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan changed his growth forecast for the economy three times.It was a test(...)

While there is a very high rate of drop-out from sport and exercise among students in exam years, participation in sport is unlikely to affect exam performance negatively and may well have a positive impact. Photograph: Thinkstock 2:19

Some children dread the annual school sports day that is coming up any week now. They are probably the same youngsters who rejoice in wet Saturday mor(...)

Researchers said “we cannot be certain that the use of internet in the class caused” the higher scores but a strong “relationship” was identified.

Primary school children who used the internet in the classroom had significantly higher mathematics and reading scores on average than peers who had n(...)

Giving evidence at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry on Thursday afternoon, John Begg, a former senior economist at AIB, took issue with evidence previously given by Prof John Fitzgerald, who retired from the ESRI last year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A former senior economist at AIB has rejected claims he approached the ESRI to see whether it would stress test the bank’s balance sheet because a sim(...)

The ESRI’s study posits the notion that in 2004 Ireland was relatively new to immigration but by 2010 employers would have been more used to hiring foreign workers.

Reported discrimination against foreign nationals seeking work in Ireland fell during the recession, new research has found.On the surface, the find(...)

The KBC/ESRI Consumer Sentiment Index published on Wednesday shows a rise from 97.8 in March to 98.7 this month. Photograph: Alan Betson, Irish Times.

Irish consumer sentiment remains steady in April with all indications showing a gradually more positive outlook taking hold. However, while the public(...)

A wordle graphic generated from the Minister’s speech. The size of the text for each word is determined by the frequency of their use in the speech.

A Cheann Comhairle, Since taking office in 2011, the Government has been determined to fulfil the mandate given to us by the Irish people. To repair t(...)

Male-dominated: Fiscal Advisory Council economists (from left) Prof John McHale, Thomas Conefrey, John Howlin, Andrew Hannon and Eddie Casey launch a recent fiscal assessment report in Dublin. Photograph; Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

A recent article in one of the top US economics journals, the Journal of Economic Perspectives, had the ironic title The Superiority of Economists.* T(...)

The late Brian Lenihan, who was Fianna Fáil minister for finance in 2009.    Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

2009 will go down as one of the darkest chapters in Irish economic history. It started with the decision to nationalise Anglo – an admission, if th(...)

Micheal Savage, co-author of the  ESRI report ‘Crisis, Austerity, Recovery: Income Distribution through the Great Recession in Ireland’. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The poorest section of Irish society suffered the largest contraction in income as a result of the recession, according to one of the most comprehens(...)