Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott reacts as he watches children playing during his visit to the Little Pines Childcare Centre in Sydney, Australia. Abbott announced that the 1.5 per cent levy on the nation’s 34-hundred biggest companies will be invested in child care instead of the dropped parental leave scheme. (Photograph: Paul Miller/EPA)

As her five-year-old son started school last week, Sydney engineering consultant Mary Stewart counted the cost of his four years in childcare -- A$9(...)

Irish people think citizens must play a role in international development and not rely solely on Government support, according to the Eurobarometer survey. Photographer: Paul Thomas/Bloomberg

Nearly three out of four Irish people think the Government should increase its overseas development aid support, according to a survey on Europeans’ v(...)

Josephine Feehily: is not impressed by businesses that have ‘fancy corporate social responsibility policies’ and don’t regard tax as part of that.

The international tax environment is still too unsettled for one to predict how any changes taking place will affect the State’s attractiveness for(...)

Room service: the A.L.O. by Savioke delivers fresh towels to a hotel guests’ room. Photograph:  Jason Henry/The New York Times

A machine that administers sedatives recently began treating patients at a Seattle hospital. At a Silicon Valley hotel, a bellhop robot delivers items(...)

Life expectancy is growing faster in Ireland than anywhere else in Europe and Irish people have the highest levels of satisfaction with their own health. Photograph: Getty

Life expectancy is growing faster in Ireland than anywhere else in Europe and Irish people have the highest levels of satisfaction with their own heal(...)

Minister of State  for Overseas Development Aid Seán Sherlock, Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan and Erik Solheim of the OECD at the launch of a review of Ireland’s aid programme  at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The Government has been urged to set a date for fulfilling a pledge to allocate 0.7 per cent of gross national product (GNP) to overseas developmen(...)

Pascal Saint-Amans, director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration OECD, addressing delegates  via skype: At the conference Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said plans to reform the global tax system must not be used to create advantages for larger countries. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Plans to reform the global tax system must not be used to create advantages for larger countries, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said.Addre(...)

The release of the study this week is timely given that it occurs at the start of Science Week

Students studying under the Project Maths curriculum have recorded a “small but positive” improvement in their skills with the subject, a new study h(...)

Scrutinised: PricewaterhouseCoopers. Photograph: Nicolas Bouvy/EPA

The flood of stories began at 9pm on Wednesday, when leaked PricewaterhouseCoopers documents revealed some of the arrangements that household-name com(...)

Covidien is an Irish-registered plc multinational which employs about 1,500 people. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Multinational medical supplies group, Covidien, transferred the right to loans totalling $6.9 billion from Luxembourg to a new Irish company as par(...)