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(...)

Some observers believe a public country-by-country reporting regime for multinationals will eventually be put in place. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland is to become one of the first countries to introduce measures aimed at ensuring multinationals disclose more information to tax authorities. (...)

Safeguarding the recovery

The Government last April set out the broad outline of the 2016 budget in its spring economic statement, promising expansionary measures, while settin(...)

A study of more than 600,000 individuals has shown an increased risk of stroke and heart disease among those who worked longer hours.

People who work long hours have a much higher risk of stroke and a slightly greater risk of coronary heart disease than those working a standard week,(...)

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(...)