John McHale (left), chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, and Graham Stull, EU Commission, at the Budget Perspectives conference in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The State’s budgetary watchdog has again warned the Government its plans for spending increases and tax cuts in the budget run counter to the “lette(...)

Prof Matthews’ comments are likely to prove controversial with those working in the beef sector here. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Ireland would be financially better off getting out of beef farming and transferring large tracts of land over to forestry, according to one of the St(...)

One possible implication of a British EU exit could be the isolationism of nationalism in the North, the director general of the International and (...)

European economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici warns that Ireland remains vulnerable to economic shock

EU economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici said “concrete proposals” were under discussion with Greece to settle its funding gap, but he warned that f(...)

Dr Bruce Campbell says Ireland has “a major challenge” in relation to greenhouse gas emissions because a large proportion of the total emissions comes from agriculture. The agriculture sector accounts for nearly one third of overall Irish greenhouse gas emissions.

Ireland should become a global leader in encouraging countries to produce more food in a sustainable way while reducing emissions, climate change exp(...)

Does Brian Cowen merit him being grilled for up to 20 hours when the executives who actually led the banks and almost bankrupted the State have only been required to spend about four hours each in the witness box?

The Oireachtas Banking Inquiry resumes today with Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher appearing in the morning followed after lunch by Corm(...)

Ciarán Lynch (left) and Pearse Doherty asking questions of Jean-Claude Trichet, former ECB president, in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke

Former president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Jean-Claude Trichet, has rejected a claim the bank blackmailed Ireland into entering the Troika (...)

Kanayo Nwanze, president of the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development, said it was only when Ebola crossed the African deserts into Europe and crossed the ocean into the United States that “the world began to tremble”. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

The cost of dealing with the Ebola outbreak was nearly three times what it would have cost to build a universal health service in the three affected c(...)

A UK referendum provides an opportunity to turn its problems into the problems of the EU as a whole. Photograph: The Irish Times

A referendum on British membership of the European Union seems a near certain bet, whether held in 2017 as promised by prime minister David Cameron or(...)

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said it was important to address climate issues associated with agriculture, at the launch of a new forum on ‘climate smart’ farming.  File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A forum designed to examine climate friendly practices and policies in agriculture has been launched by the Institute of International and European Af(...)