David Cameron: The erosion of the principle of free movement and equal treatment of EU citizens is the price we are being asked to pay to keep the UK in the EU. Photograph: Mathias Loevgreen Bojesen/Scanpix

The proposed agreement between the UK and the EU to avert Brexit is smoke and mirrors, largely spin. It is a cynical political deal all to do with get(...)

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: ‘What Fine Gael is promising is realistic, unrealistic promises are no good to anyone.’ Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Fine Gael and Labour are at odds over plans to introduce universal free GP care within the next five years. Tánaiste Joan Burton insisted the plan ca(...)

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to reporters on a plane en route to New Hampshire in the early morning hours of Feb. 2, 2016. Sanders and Hillary Clinton were locked in an intensely tight race in the Iowa caucuses. (Todd Heisler/The New York Times)

In the opening contests of the 2016 race for the White House, Ted Cruz, a Republican candidate described as a “mountebank”, has upstaged Donald Trump,(...)

A teacher and pupils of Our Lady of the Wayside national school in Bluebell, Dublin, recently. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Irish attitudes to primary education have transformed over the past two decades. It was once seen – at best – as a necessary route to the basics of r(...)

Apple chief executive Tim Cook: when he comes to Brussels to meet the commission, he is doing so because this is now significant for his company and, most likely, Apple’s big investors are on his case. Photograph: Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Photo

Two significant things happened recently in the international debate on multinational tax. First, the United States went openly on the offensive in su(...)

The OECD report shows that about one in five Irish university graduates can manage basic literacy and numeracy tasks but struggle with more complex tasks.   File photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Irish university students have some of the poorest literacy and numeracy skills in the developed world, based on an analysis by the Organisation for E(...)

A surge in corporate tax receipts last year has been linked to a move by Apple to shift some of its intellectual property  rights here in wake of global moves to clamp down on multinational tax avoidance under the OECD’s Base Erosion and Profit Shifting  initiative. Photograph:  Yui Mok/PA Wire

Even a modest rise in Ireland’s 12.5 per cent corporation tax rate could seriously undermine the flow of foreign direct investment (FDI) here, a stud(...)

The European Commission has outlined proposals to tackle large scale corporate tax avoidance by multinational companies. The initiative follows measur(...)

EU commissioner Pierre Moscovici seeks a ‘level playing field’ in terms of corporate tax:  Photograph: AFP

EU member states must move towards a “level-playing field” in terms of corporate tax, the EU’s economics chief warned yesterday as he criticised the “(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker: The European Commission President was prime minister of Luxembourg when most of the ’Luxembourg leaks’ tax deals were negotiated. Photograph:  Laurent Dubrule/EPA

The European Union’s fight against aggressive corporate tax planning steps up a gear today when the EU economics commissioner unveils a new package on(...)