ESRI report warned that while Ireland is not yet facing the demographic challenges seen in other parts of the EU, labour market constraints are emerging in other ways.

Ireland is ahead of most EU Member States in terms of linking labour market intelligence to migration policy, a new study has found. The ESRI report s(...)

The Government has effectively abandoned its plans for universal health insurance (UHI) and used costings and analysis from the Economic and Social Re(...)

Ireland’s heavy emphasis on education has served us well, but some labour market analysts now believe having an overeducated workforce can be bad both for employers and employees

It’s almost a cliché by now to say Ireland has a highly educated workforce. Multinationals choosing to set up operations here almost always cite th(...)

FineGael poster from the 2007 general election

Here is what fudge reads like. “This Government will introduce Universal Health Insurance with equal access to care for all. Under this system there w(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: sat on his own, shipping dog’s abuse from Micheál Martin and not much better from Gerry Adams during Leaders’ Questions. Photograph: Collins

Don’t hold back, Micheál, whatever you do. “You will say anything, Taoiseach, to get elected. You will say anything to cover up something. You will de(...)

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin:  said Taoiseach Enda Kenny “breaks promise after promise, believing that media management will take care of everything’’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin launched a strong attack on the Taoiseach following the Government’s decision to abandon its proposed method of un(...)

ESRI warns the model of universal health insurance set out by the Government in a White Paper last year would increase overall Irish healthcare expenditure by at least 3.5 per cent and as much as 11 per cent. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has urged the Government to review its proposed model of universal health insurance given its pot(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: Will urge the Government to undertake further research into the most appropriate system of universal health insurance. Photograph:Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government’s original model of universal health insurance, proposed by former Minister for Health James Reilly, would have increased the cost of r(...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny with British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street on Monday.

Ireland and Britain are tied together by reasons of family, history, free travel and trade. People are right to celebrate the improvement in our relat(...)

Beyond the bonhomie, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron hope to leverage their close relationship to their mutual advantage as Britain seeks to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

As they sat down amid the sumptuous elegance of Downing Street’s White Room on Monday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron w(...)