The  report found that Ireland, along with countries such as Russia, Mexico, Israel and Colombia, has made limited efforts to investigate or prosecute foreign bribery cases

Ireland has made “little or no” effort over the past four years to create a corruption-free playing field for global trade, violating its “obligati(...)

‘Girls read more for enjoyment than boys, PISA surveys have found, and in particular, girls read more fiction, which is associated with high performance.’’ Photograph: Getty Images

Girls outperformed boys in 50 of 58 Leaving Cert papers across higher and ordinary level, according to a gender analysis of this year’s results. This (...)

File photo shows a worker removing the head of a statue representing late Soviet leader Vladimir Ilyich Lenin during its demolition on the Leninplatz in Berlin. Photograph: Getty Images

Russians work the second-longest hours in Europe after Greece. It may not be a race worth winning. That’s because in terms of productivity, measured b(...)

The Marine Institute has recommended that offshore salmon farms should be capped at production of 7,000 tonnes. Photograph: Getty Images/Hemera

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) plans for a 15,000-tonne offshore organic fish farm in Galway Bay are in doubt, following new size guidelines published by t(...)

 Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis: ‘Regrettably, my presentation was met with deafening silence. Excepting Michael Noonan’s apt remark, all other interventions ignored our proposals.’ Above, Varoufakis and     Noonan at the start of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Board of Governors, ahead of the Eurogroup Meeting of Finance ministers in Luxembourg on Thursday. Photograph: EPA/JULIEN WARNAND 1:23

Last Thursday’s eurogroup meeting went down in history as a lost opportunity to produce an already belated agreement between Greece and its creditors.(...)

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(...)

Larry Goodman. Luxembourg company Parlesse Investments Sarl has shares in, and loans out to, a range of Mr Goodman’s businesses. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

A Larry Goodman company based in Luxembourg made a profit of €52.6 million in 2013 and paid just 0.4 per cent tax, according to accounts in the tiny E(...)

 La Repubblica reported yesterday that Apple Italia was listed as a “consultant” for Apple Ireland, thus enabling the US colossus to transfer its Italian earnings to Ireland. Photograph: AFP

Italian media reported yesterday that Apple Italia “transferred” €879 million of profit earned in Italy between 2008 and 2013 to Cork-based Apple Sale(...)

Worker assembles new Porsche 911 sports car at the Porsche factory in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters

Euro-area business activity expanded faster than economists forecast this month, signaling that a fragile recovery in the 19-nation region is becoming(...)

The performance of the Irish economy in 2014 surpassed the expectations of many, not least those of Minister of Finance Michael Noonan. When presentin(...)