Ireland is now one of the most expensive countries in the EU, up there with the UK and Sweden, and only exceeded by Denmark. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

While the popular perception is that the cost of living is always rising, since the beginning of the year consumer prices have on average been lowe(...)

Annual inflation in the euro zone was the same in August as in July, defying economists’ expectations of a slowdown. Photo: Bloomberg

Annual inflation in the euro zone was the same in August as in July, defying economists’ expectations of a slowdown, as rising prices of unprocessed f(...)

Policy analyst Michelle Murphy with SJI director Seán Healy. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Too much attention is being focused on the economy and not enough on providing decent public services, Social Justice Ireland (SJI) has claimed. The (...)

Paul Murphy TD: said march would be a reminder to the Government that the anger over the introduction of water charges had not subsided. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin.

People who do not pay the water charges should still collect their €100 conservation grant, anti-water charge campaigners have said. Sinn Féin, Peop(...)

Salvaging Irish Water

Having made an unholy mess of its efforts to introduce water charges, the Government has added to the confusion in advance of a general election. Ther(...)

Protesters at one of the many anti-water charge demonstrations since the levy was announced. Photograph: The Irish Times

Senior Coalition figures believe changes will have to be made to the structure of water charges to help “draw a line” under controversies surrounding (...)

The Irish Times understands the proposed changes to water charges include linking the €100 water conservation grant to bill payment rather than registration with Irish Water, and significantly extending the period for which the existing water charges caps will apply. File photograph: Regis Duvignau/Reuters

The €100 water conservation grant available to everyone who registers with Irish Water will only be provided to people who actually pay their bills un(...)

Separate data also confirmed that annual inflation was 0.2 per cent in July

The euro zone economy grew by less than expected in the second quarter, the European Union’s statistics office said in its first estimate published on(...)

Greece’s economy unexpectedly grew in the three months through June and a contraction in the previous quarter was revised away. The Hellenic Statisti(...)

Euro area production levels in June “sheds a concerning light on the manufacturing recovery in 2015”. Photograph: Bloomberg.

Industrial production in the euro area fell more than economists forecast in June, raising some questions about the state of the region’s recovery. A(...)