Open about sexuality: DIT students held Stand Up 4 Love, a comedy and music night at Vicar Street, in support of a Yes vote in the marriage-equality referendum

Ireland has witnessed significant social change and sometimes dizzying levels of diversity in recent decades. Does that extend to a new willingness to(...)

Chancellor George Osborne speaks at a conference in Birmingham. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Inflation fell to zero last month setting the UK on course for a period of falling prices for the first time in half a century. The Consumer Price Ind(...)

Conservative party backbenchers cheer after Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivered his Budget statement to the House of Commons, London.

Mr Deputy Speaker,Today, I report on a Britain that is growing, creating jobs and paying its way.We took difficult decisions in the teeth of oppositio(...)

The 2015 inflation basket owes more than a little to the influence of the hipster – in come craft beer, ecigarettes, headphones and music subscription services such as Spotify.

Hipsters may have been declared passé by the trend-spotters but their influence is going mainstream thanks to the team of government number crunche(...)

Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England,  has said a negative inflation rate will be “temporary” and the UK won’t experience deflation. (Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)

Britain’s inflation rate fell more than economists forecast in January, dropping to record low as food and fuel prices plunged. Consumer-price growth (...)

Chancellor George Osborne looks on as Prime Minister David Cameron (not pictured) talks to business leaders at a conference in the Old Granada TV Studios in Manchester. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

UK inflation matched its lowest level on record in December when it fell to 0.5 per cent, official figures showed today. The plunge to below 1 per cen(...)

In annual terms, growth was revised down to 2.6 per cent from a previous reading of 3 per cent

Spending by households drove Britain’s economic recovery once again in the third quarter despite a slight fall in disposable incomes and weaker busine(...)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the volume of goods bought at British stores last month jumped by 6.4 per cent from November 2013

British retail sales surged at their fastest annual rate in more than a decade last month, as US-style “Black Friday” discounts drove record sales gro(...)

The Bank of England sign on the wall of its headquarters in London. A power cut at the bank added to the drama of banking stress tests yesterday

A power cut at the Bank of England added to the drama of the banking stress tests on Tuesday, as reporters and officials were forced to quit Threadnee(...)

Britain’s prime minister David Cameron is locked in battle with Brussels over a demand for a further £1.7 billion to be paid by December 1st. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/REUTERS

The UK’s net contribution to the European Union soared to £11.3 billion in 2013, an increase of £2.7 billion from the previous year, according to offi(...)