UK shadow chancellor Ed Balls: “Why, in the five years since this government was first given information about how HSBC helped people evade tax, has there only been one prosecution out of 1,100 individuals identified?”

Oxfam Ireland is urging European leaders to make tax more transparent after the revelation that the HSBC’s Swiss banking arm helped wealthy customers(...)

The congress centre at Davos. Taoiseach Enda Kenny and IDA officials will be holding bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit with prospective client companies. Photograph AFP

Thousands of the world’s top business and political leaders are gathering for the 45th annual World Economic Forum in the chic Swiss ski resort of Dav(...)

The 80 wealthiest people in the world altogether own $1.9 trillion (€1.6 trillion), the Oxfam report found. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The world’s richest 1 per cent will own more than the other 99 per cent by next year, Oxfam reported in a study released on Monday.The charity highlig(...)

World leaders including France’s Francois Hollande, Germany’s Angela Merkel and China’s Li Keqiang will gather at the annual Davos forum running from January 21 until January 24, 2015, seeking to chart a path away from fundamentalism towards solidarity.(Photograph: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
Women a scarce commodity at Davos

Women are still scarce at the World Economic Forum in Davos even as the youngest attendees reverse the gender gap for the first time. Among the 2,500 (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been urged by Oxfam to ‘drive concrete discussion’ on tackling global inequality at the world economic forum in Davos. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been urged by Oxfam to “drive concrete discussion’’ on tackling global inequality at this week’s world economic forum in Davo(...)

 EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in an interview with French daily ‘Libération’,  said he had been “weakened” by the Lux leaks scandal. Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The Revenue Commissioners are examining the more than 28,000 pages of leaked PricewaterhouseCoopers documents concerning tax deals struck with the Lux(...)

A Syrian refugee girl makes tea inside a caravan at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria. The UN World Food Programme has said it is restarting food aid for 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt after it received enough donations to fund the halted programme. Photograph: Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

The United Nations refugee agency urged rich nations on Tuesday to show solidarity with Syria’s neighbours by making pledges to resettle the most vuln(...)

A  typhoon victim pleads for help in the town of Taft, Samar island. Photorgaph:  EPA/Francis R Malasig 1:43

At least 21 people are reported dead in the main town of Eastern Samar in the Philippines where Typhoon Hagupit made first landfall, the Philippine (...)

Residents take shelter in Pope Francis complex in Tacloban city, central Philippines after fleeing their houses due to Typhoon Hagupit. Photograph: Rowel Montes/Reuters

A powerful typhoon tore through the central Philippines on Sunday, bringing howling winds that toppled trees and power poles and cut off communication(...)

‘Hidden Taxes: the EU’s Role in Supporting an Unjust Global Tax System’, compares the tax systems of 15 EU member states, with Ireland scoring poorly on all areas.

The European Union should introduce a centralised public register revealing the identities of beneficial owners of companies and trusts, according (...)