The ECB is always calling for structural reforms. Structural reforms are always politically difficult. They are only ever implemented by politicians brave and decent enough to think beyond the next election. So we hardly ever see them. Photograph: EPA

What beliefs, if any, inform European economic policy- makers? Is there a coherent framework that drives fiscal and monetary policy? Perhaps the answe(...)

 Louise Phelan, president and Mark Redmond, chief executive  of the American Chamber of Commerce. The chamber noted that since 2010 Ireland had witnessed the greatest surge of US investment in more than a decade, with some 700 US firms now employing over 115,000 people here.

The phasing out of contentious elements of Ireland’s corporation tax regime must be done in tandem with changes in other countries so as not to put Ir(...)

After the financial crisis and the property crash, few would have then predicted that by 2014 the Irish economy would once again be the fastest growin(...)

Based on a study of the Irish housing market over three decades, the ESRI said prices – which rose by nearly 16 per cent in Dublin and 6 per cent nationally last year – had still not fully recovered from the preceding period of economic upheaval. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

House prices are still undervalued by up to 27 per cent despite the recent recovery in market values, according to the Economic and Social Research In(...)

Ireland spends less than any other country in Western Europe on health, according to the OECD Health Statistics 2014. But how are we to square this wi(...)

US president Barack Obama castigated companies for “gaming the system” and referenced Ireland in terms of a destination for tax avoidance. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

Low corporation tax, foreign direct investment, job creation – a virtuous circle, if ever there was one. It was this nexus that so effectively nurture(...)

Michelle Igoe with her children Aoibhinn (4), Caitlin (2), Alex (9 months) and Robert (6) at their home in Tuam, Co Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

It’s summertime and the kids aren’t in creches, but parents are still paying for them. Childcare facilities often close for a two-week summer holid(...)

The global economic recession cut growth, depressed tax revenues and forced most governments to borrow more to finance their rising deficits. Against (...)

Only one in 10 students was able to tackle the most complex financial tasks on the test.

Students in Shanghai in China have the highest financial literacy in the OECD, according to a new study. With a mean score of 603 points, they finishe(...)

OECD Secretary general Jose Angel Gurria. The OECD has said its leading indicator covering 33 member countries was unchanged for the sixth month in a row. Photo: Bloomberg

OECD sees slowing or stable growth in emerging economies flat in major developing economies with the exception of India while the outlook for most dev(...)