Joan Burton, Eamon Gilmore and Dominic Hannigan launch Labour’s Stability Treaty campaign in 2012: Ireland is expected to exit the corrective arm of the Stability and Growth Pact  next year.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland has come a long way since the worst days of the crisis. However, whether the country emerges stronger or weaker from the tumult will be determ(...)

‘If Ireland is to keep pace with its competitors, and avoid becoming a technological backwater, the Government needs to support the upskilling of teachers.’ Photograph: Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Images

Technology is changing at an ever-increasing pace and so is the nature of the work people do. Researchers at the University of Oxford recently anal(...)

Minister of State Simon Harris: said  Ireland was “very well-placed” to benefit from inclusion in the EU investment plan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland has submitted more than 70 projects for possible inclusion in the EU’s €315 billion investment plan, with energy, social housing and i(...)

European Commission president, Luxembourg’s Jean Claude Juncker (right) and Pierre Moscovici (left), the European Commissioner for economics, taxation and customs, attend a session at the European Parliament in Brussels  earlier this month. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

The European Commission has approved Ireland’s budget for 2015, but warned that the country should use the better-than-expected economic recovery to a(...)

Donal O’Mahony, from Davy Stockbrokers: believes a virtuous circle is forming, with economic activity, rising asset prices and confidence levels all feeding off each other.

If you have been experiencing an unfamiliar sensation in your nether regions recently, it may be well be the “mild reflationary tailwinds” that have u(...)

“If I ask you up front would you like to buy this [game] you would say no. But at the moment of slight arousal and interest your behaviour changes. You are invested,” says econimist Dan Ariely, who was in Dublin this week to address the StartupOnomics summit.

In the 1950s General Mills ran into problems selling its Betty Crocker instant cake mix. Nobody wanted it. The cake tasted good but the “just add wate(...)

Jean-Claude Juncker: discussion of his much-feted €300bn investment plan likely to be deferred until December summit. Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA

EU leaders, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, gather in Brussels today for a two-day summit. A discussion on the EU’s climate and energy framework for 2(...)

British prime minister David Cameron: has indicated he may seek to secure a cap on migrants entering Britain from within the EU. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Jean-Claude Juncker threw down the gauntlet to British prime minister David Cameron yesterday, warning that EU freedom of movement rules would not be(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan shortly before his Budget 2015 speech, at Government Buildings in Dublin, today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 6:13

A Cheann Comhairle,When the Government took office in March 2011 we set out a plan to regain control of Ireland’s fiscal and economic policies, to gro(...)

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Everything we know about the economy is based on estimates, and all estimates must be treated with caution. The latest revised CSO figures show the ec(...)