Swiss police watch from the roof of the Hotel Davos ahead of the World Economic Forum.   Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Emerging nations will need to invest twice as much in electricity than developed countries over the next two decades in order to power fast-growing ec(...)

The Tánaiste Joan Burton with Minister for Business and Employment Jed Nash and Joe Costello at the launch of the Labour Party’s Workers Charter  earlier this week. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Ireland had not chaired a ministerial meeting at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the club of the world’s 34 most i(...)

Pensioner poverty

As more people enjoy better health and live longer, they are also working longer and retiring later; partly through choice and partly through financia(...)

 Nicolas Hulot: President François Hollande’s special envoy for the climate and a chief organiser of COP21:  “The real question is will it be half a success, a full success or an absolute success?”Photograph:  Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images)

The COP21 UN climate conference will begin on Monday amid uncertainty about the content of the final agreement, and nervousness over security(...)

 Fine Gael leader Dr Garret FitzGerald (right) and Mr John Bruton, TD, FG, spokesman on finance promised reform of the budget process in 1981. Photograph: Pat Langan

On these harsh winter mornings, it is good to start the day with a laugh. So, many thanks to my local Fine Gael candidate whose big posters blazon: “R(...)

France’s president François Hollande and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping after a joint news conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on Monday. Photograph: Jason Lee/EPA

A joint statement on climate change signed by France’s president François Hollande and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping this week has been hailed as(...)

Laurent Fabius during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change summit in Bonn, Germany. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

The 21st United Nations Conference of Parties on climate change, known as COP21, will begin one month from today. As president of the conference, Fran(...)

European commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager holds a press conference on the EU decision to set out a template for recovering unpaid taxes and preventing tax avoidance by multinationals

Oxfam Ireland has urged the Government to take immediate action to force multinational companies to publicly declare where they pay taxes. The call co(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald, German justice minister Thomas de Maizière and European Commissioner for Migration and Home Affairs Dimitris Avramopoulos attend Tuesday’s meeting. Photograph:  Peter Cavanagh

EU leaders will attempt to forge a long-term strategy to handle the refugee crisis at an emergency summit in Brussels today, after justice ministers (...)

The Government is set to take a major initiative in discussions on global corporate tax reform, and in next month’s budget will announce measures to e(...)