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(...)

The British settlement could lead to Google  agreeing to pay more tax in other European countries where it is under scrutiny. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Google has reached a settlement with the UK to pay £130 million in back taxes and higher taxes in future. The deal could see Google paying more in ot(...)

Artisanal miners pictured working at a cobalt mine-pit in Tulwizembe, Katanga province, Democratic Republic of Congo

Chinese companies that buy cobalt from the Democratic Republic of Congo and supply mobile-phone and laptop makers such as Apple and Samsung aren’t ful(...)

The Government knows that, unlike Willie Loman in ‘Death of a Salesman’, it is not well-liked. It is supported, broadly, by a large chunk of the population. But there’s very little affection for it. Photograph: Keystone Features/Getty Images

Everybody knows well in advance the way the general election is to be framed. It will be a simple choice: stability or chaos. As a slogan, it has its (...)

Chairman of the Revenue Commissioners Niall Cody: he said the rise in receipts is widely based. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The closing down by Irish multinationals of tax planning arrangements involving offshore or foreign subsidiaries is part of the reason for Ireland’s i(...)

ACEA suggests that a further 30 per cent reduction in fleet emissions could be achieved simply by getting drivers into newer cars

Europe’s car makers are saying that they have done more to reduce emissions than any other single sector. They are also calling for another round of(...)

Greek finance minister Euclid Tsakalotos speaks during a press conference as economy minister George Stathakis looks on at the ministry in Athens.

Greece’s economy contracted at a faster pace in the third quarter than previously estimated as capital controls to shore up banks took a toll (...)

‘Distressed’ property: Cerberus specialises in buying loans at heavy discounts secured against properties whose value has fallen dramatically. Photograph: Garry O’Neill

While it is not known yet whether US company Cerberus intends using the Republic as a base from which to manage the £13 billion (€18.5 billion(...)

Teachers in Ireland are paid more than countries such as the UK, France, and Italy, but they lag behind countries such as Belgium, Germany and Luxembourg.

Irish teachers are well-paid by international standards, but work longer hours and in larger classes, according to a major new study. Analysis by the (...)

Kingspan shares increased nearly 5% to €23.35 on the back of positive quarterly numbers and a full-year profit forecast of €250m

World equity indexes fell and oil prices weakened on yesterday as disappointing trade data in China stoked further concerns over weakening global grow(...)