The research suggests those in the middle suffered the greatest contraction in wealth as a result of the downturn.

Self-employed people outside of the agricultural sector and those on middle and lower incomes bore the brunt of the recession, according to a study b(...)

Overall, death rates have been falling for over half a century, but the rate of improvement across social groups varied greatly during the boom, Prof Richard Layte of the ESRI said. Photograph: Getty Images

Death rates in the most deprived parts of the State are up to six times higher than in more affluent areas, a conference on health inequalities has he(...)

The ESRI research adds to the science supporting further measures to reduce alcohol consumption, by marking the role played by digestive diseases (notably cirrhosis caused by excess drinking) in the mortality rates between rich and poor. Photograph: The Irish Times

Many of the fruits of the Celtic Tiger era may be gone, frittered away or shrunken in value, but growing life expectancy stands as one of the few last(...)

 Prof Richard Layte of the ESRI said the research provided the first analysis of the way differentials in mortality changed during the last three decades in Ireland. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The wealthiest groups in society enjoyed disproportionate gains in life expectancy and reductions in death rates during the boom years of the Celtic T(...)

Key driver in improved mortality rate has been reductions in smoking. Photograph: The Irish Times

Life expectancy in Ireland has increased by 15 years since 1950, principally due to reductions in smoking, according to new research.However, changing(...)

Classical economics was built around the notion that people’s behaviour responds to prices in a way that makes markets work. While price does influenc(...)

Research was based on data from Community Innovation Survey data over the period between 2004 and 2008.   Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Irish firms with international trade links are more likely to invest in innovation; have a higher probability of adopting new technologies; and are, i(...)

The Department of Finance has launched a public consultation on whether to tax unused development land to address the current housing shortages.The p(...)

After seven years of tough cuts in public expenditure and increases in taxation we are, hopefully, at the end of the process of adjustment. This do(...)

John FitzGerald  gave the Banking Inquiry an insight into the mindset of the top brass at AIB in 2006, which  it seems had its own concerns about the Irish economy at that time. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

John FitzGerald’s four-hour appearance at the Oireachtas Banking Inquiry shone a light on how the ESRI, the country’s main economic think-tank, goes a(...)