Kate O’ O’Flaherty,  director of the Health and Wellbeing programme and Healthy Ireland, at the Department of Health. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A large Healthy Ireland banner is one of the first things you see when you enter the Department of Health headquarters on Hawkins Street, Dublin. As w(...)

  Liberian nurses in 2014 carrying  the body of an Ebola victim from a home   on the outskirts of Monrovia  . Photograph:L EPA/Ahmed Jallanzo

British Prime Minister David Cameron will award Ebola medals on Tuesday to UK citizens who served in West Africa over the last nine months. Two GOAL (...)

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(...)