Of six social issues under investigation, Ireland performed particularly poorly on poverty prevention, coming in 21st in a 28-country comparison. Photograph: Getty Images

A leading German policy foundation has called on Ireland to do more to boost opportunities for its vulnerable population instead of retaining a narr(...)

Euro zone industrial output jumped twice as much as expected in July, breaking a two-month trend of contraction and raising hopes that the single curr(...)

Mario Draghi: Several commentators said his action  postpones a divisive debate about launching an all-out programme to buy government bonds or quantitative easing. Photograph: EPA/Frank Rumpenhorst

Irish bond yields sank to fresh lows yesterday as global markets digested the impact of Europe’s latest monetary stimulus. The European Central Bank’s(...)

New ten euro banknotes are shown in Duesseldorf, Germany. Photograph: Bloomberg

With EU leaders meeting in Brussels today, much focus will be on eurozone inflation dropping to a five-year low alongside continued levels of high (...)

The ECB targets an inflation rate at below-but-close to 2 per cent, a level not seen since the first quarter of 2013

Euro zone inflation dropped as expected to a fresh five year low in August, data showed on Friday, but it was not likely to force the European Central(...)

Ibec’s Fergal O’Brien makes the point that data for both sectors is skewed by compositional factors. Photograph: Eric Luke

Unsurprisingly, the Central Statistics Office’s earning stats were seized upon yesterday to bash the public sector.The figures suggested average weekl(...)

The recent data will undoubtedly give Minister for Finance Michael Noonan more room to manoeuvre in October’s budget than he might ever have expected. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

As the markets waited yesterday for the latest pronouncement from ratings agency Fitch on its view of Irish sovereign debt, the yield on those borrowi(...)

People walking past a retail store that is having a sale in Rome. Italy slid into recession for the third time since 2008 in the second quarter. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

The European Central Bank (ECB) faces fresh calls to adopt growth-boosting measures after data out yesterday showed growth in the euro zone has stalle(...)

Tourists walk past a shop in Athens yesterday.  Greece’s economy shrank in the second quarter at its slowest annual pace since late 2008 when its protracted recession began. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

Greece’s economy shrank by 0.2 per cent in the second quarter compared with the same period in 2013 – the smallest contraction since 2008, official fi(...)

Euro zone industrial production contracted unexpectedly in June, hurting hopes for a stronger recovery as the region feels the effect of conflict in Ukraine, Iraq and and Gaza.  Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

Euro zone industrial production contracted unexpectedly in June, hurting hopes for a stronger recovery as the region feels the effect of conflict in U(...)