New figures also show a decline in exports in September in the euro zone

Deflation hit five peripheral euro zone countries in September as inflation slipped to its lowest for five years and exports faltered, data on Thursda(...)

Tasc research director Nat O’Connor: said inequitable tax cuts for high earners would undermine health, social housing and other vital public services. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Think tank Tasc has said the vast majority of people would benefit more from maintaining and boosting public services than from cutting the higher rat(...)

Euro zone inflation slowed further in September on falling prices of unprocessed food and energy, a first estimate showed today, sending the euro low(...)

Few dispute that those stuck on low wages are struggling to make ends meet. But there are sharp differences of opinion over who is responsible for imp(...)

Work is scarce: archaeologist Liza Kavanagh. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It’s a message the Government has been selling for months: the dark clouds of austerity are parting; the wind is at our back; we are finally emerging (...)

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(...)