Time for a rethink

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton is to examine the effectiveness of welfare supports for families with children, including lone-parent famil(...)

Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank: “Every single country we look at, we ask ourselves the question: is this particular choice of investments that we are making - is it going to reduce inequality and lift people out of poverty or is it going to make inequality worse?.” Photograph: Frank Rumpenhorst/EPA

“The Koreans have a saying that you bury your spouse in the ground but you bury your children in your heart,” said Dr Jim Yong Kim. The Korean-born h(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton: “You cannot solve big issues with small politics. And inequality is one of those issues – if not the issue.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Tackling inequality is the most important issue facing Government, according to Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton. Referring to(...)

The budget deficit fell to £10.1 billion from £12.4 billion a year earlier, a smaller gap than economists had forecast.

Strong income tax receipts pushed British government borrowing to its lowest May reading since 2007, adding to signs that revenue growth could play a (...)

Prof Ozlem Onaran said falling wages leads  to lower consumption

Wage moderation policies have proven to be counter-productive and have led to economic stagnation in Ireland and across Europe, a leading economist ha(...)

Anne Tiernan and family: It probably goes without saying that we enjoy a sunnier climate in New Zealand. The downside is cockroaches, mosquitoes and man-eating sharks

New Zealand is well known for its long, golden, pohutukawa-lined beaches, dramatic snow-covered peaks rising from pristine turquoise lakes, glaciers, (...)

Minister for Communications Alex White: Said Ireland was the only country in the EU, or the OECD, without a postcode system. Photograph: Alan Betson

About 35 per cent of premises in Ireland had exactly the same address as another property, Minister for Communications Alex White told the Dáil. He s(...)

The OECD did not say which measures it would favour to stop the property market overheating. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has warned that rapid rises in Irish property prices are “reminiscent of the bubble perio(...)

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has cut its 2015 growth forecast to 3.1 per cent from the 3.7 per cent it was forecasting last November

The OECD has cut its global economic growth forecast for this year but says it expects lower oil prices to ensure a gradual recovery, even if weak inv(...)

A few weeks from the summer holidays might not be the best of times for teachers and lecturers to make the argument that they are overworked but research bears out their claims that they have long hours by international standards.

A few weeks from the summer holidays might not be the best of times for teachers and lecturers to make the argument that they are overworked but resea(...)