President Michael D Higgins salutes the UN’s decision to declare 2014 the International Year of Family Farming. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

President Michael D Higgins has criticised economic theories on land ownership in Africa that have “mesmerised high-ranking policymakers” including(...)

Some 58 per cent of consumers reported that the economy had improved, up from 49 per cent in April

A monthly gauge of US consumer sentiment fell in May as a gloomy view on income growth clouded an otherwise positive economic outlook, a survey releas(...)

Bounded by books: Ivan Klíma. Photograph: Tomas Krist/Isifa/Getty
The limits of dissent
  • Books
  • May 3, 2014, 01:00

On his second visit to Prague, in the spring of 1973, Philip Roth met several dissident writers, including Milan Kundera, Ivan Klíma, Ludvík Va(...)

US consumer sentiment rose in April to a nine-month high as views on current and near-term conditions surged, a survey released today showed. (...)

Consumer sentiment dipped modestly in early March, entirely due to reduced expectations for the future, a survey said today. The prelimin(...)

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine began the research into malaria and climate change  20 years ago. Photograph: PA

An international team of scientists has proven there is a direct link between climate change and the incidence of malaria. It shows that tens o(...)

Recent research by the University of Michigan’s Transport Research Institute has shown that the number of American households making do without a car (...)

Two months ago a senior High Court judge was driven to comment on what she perceived as the unacceptable position being repeatedly taken by the Health(...)

Anna Carey: enjoying some bracing sea air at Clontarf. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

‘Walking,” said’’ Hippocrates, “is man’s best medicine.” Of course, he also believed that diseases were caused by an imbalance of the four humours, bu(...)

Beginning last year, agents of various finance and investment houses began knocking on the door of the Department of Finance. Something was looming in(...)