A businessman watches a display showing global stock markets  in Tokyo. Photograph:  EPA/KIMIMASA MAYAMA

Behind the extraordinary volatility on the stock markets over the past week lies one big fear. It is that the western economies can no longer deliver (...)

Bogus self-employment has been a long-running issue in the construction sector.  Photograph: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire.

Who do you work for? In the sepia-tinted days of the traditional workplace, it was an easy answer. Work, for the most part, involved a single firm, a (...)

Gavin Duffy of ‘Dragons’ Den’ said he is  “always surprised by the level of understanding of business primary school children in particular can display”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

This week Ibec called for teachers to be trained in “entrepreneurial thinking” with a view to introducing courses at primary and secondary schools in (...)

Philosophers and entrepreneurs are both neglected, it appears. Now both are demanding due recognition in our education system as pivotal elements of t(...)

Ibec has called for teachers to get ‘entrepreneurial thinking’ training.  File photograph: Getty Images/Thinkstock

Ibec has called for teachers to be trained in “entrepreneurial thinking” so it can be introduced at the earliest stage in young people’s schooling. In(...)

Retail sales rose 2.3 per cent in the year to the end of June and are 2.8 per cent ahead of the same period last year, although still lagging 14 per cent behind the pre-crash economy.  Photograph: The Irish Times.

PRSI rates for employers should be reduced to help offset a proposed rise in the minimum wage and to provide a boost to the retail sector which is fi(...)

New figures  show there is a drop of 2 per cent in the number of mature applicants (those over 23) through the CAO. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A new tax relief should be introduced for part-time students as an equity measure and to help reverse the fall in postgraduate enrolments in higher (...)

The increased uptake in students taking higher level STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects has been welcomed by educational(...)

Conor Gallagher from Ballsbridge, who got nine A1s in the Leaving Cert last year, celebrates with classmates. One student repeated the feat this year and got nine A1s. Photograph: Eric Luke

For every Leaving Cert student, today is a landmark occasion in a very personal educational journey. But the results are also being closely watched by(...)

Conor Whelan, chairman of Retail Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Retailers have asked Dublin City Council to scrap proposals to ban private cars from large parts of the city centre because they say it will have “(...)