The August reading was only the third time in 10 years that the monthly sentiment index exceeded 100.  Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The pronounced “feel-bad” factor that has prevailed in the Irish economy since the crash has finally lifted, according to the latest KBC Bank Ireland/(...)

In Brisbane: Richard Donovan with wife Patricia and son Michael. They will all be back in Tipperary in September.

Richard Donovan had always wanted to see Australia, so when activity at the civil-works company he worked for began to slow, in early 2008, it seemed (...)

Career worry: A recent comprehensive study found that both pregnancy and maternity are times when women face increased workplace discrimination

While it can undoubtedly be a bit scary, particularly first time round, pregnancy is usually a period of great joy for families. Sure there might be c(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan being questioned about  Irish Water at the launch of Activate Capital. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Despite the Coalition’s muted protests about the troika forcing its hand on the water charges issue, Irish Water is very much a creature of Fine Gael.(...)

Failure to plan prudently means people may find themselves relying solely on the State pension. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

For the vast majority, pension income will determine the level of comfort, financially, that they enjoy in retirement. Failure to plan prudently means(...)

Two-thirds of mature private pension scheme members either don’t know how much they will receive in retirement income or how it will be paid

Two-thirds of mature private pension scheme members either don’t know how much they will receive in retirement income or whether their pension will be(...)

‘ The failure of Kenny and Burton to accept that they or their parties might have got anything wrong  . . . will do nothing to help the country avoid making a similar mess in the future.’ Above, a screen grab of Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Banking Inquiry 1:56

Talleyrand reputedly said of the Bourbons that they had learned nothing and forgotten nothing from their experience of the French revolution. The bank(...)

Shoppers on Grafton Street. A new survey shows Dubliners are more optimistic about the future than people living outside of the capital

Consumer sentiment is at its strongest level since 2003, according to a new survey which shows Dublin leading the way in terms of optimism. The latest(...)

Céad Mile Fáilte: the  number of visas granted to overseas workers is up from 13,365 in 2010 to just over 15,400 in 2014

The Irish immigration system has become increasingly business-friendly in recent years and as a consequence, the number of visas granted to workers fr(...)

Incoming chief of the ESRI Prof Alan Barrett said we need a discussion of what the tax take should be. Photograph: Getty Images

Demands for “considerable” extra spending were not matched by proposals to increase taxes to pay for them, the chairman of the national economic dialo(...)