President Michael D Higgins: he might have been expected to understand the limitations of the role of president and, more specifically, not to use it as a platform to advance a political agenda

President Michael D Higgins gave a speech on economics at Dublin City University last week. Among many other things, he posed questions about the d(...)

Good riddance to recession. That is what the statisticians effectively said yesterday when they published their quarterly economic growth numbers. But(...)

Prof of international business and development at Trinity College Dublin, Frank Barry, speaks at the Joint Oireachtas Sub Committee on Global Taxation. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland is not a tax haven and the State should be cautious in taking unilateral action to appease those who criticise its corporation tax regime, acc(...)

Astonishingly, the apprenticeship system – even now – is still geared towards the building industry, despite the OECD making clear recommendations for this insanity to stop in its last report, two years ago.

If it didn’t exist, would it be created? That is the most basic test of any public institution (try it on the Seanad). The same test should be applied(...)

Dr Angel Gurría, secretary-general of the Paris-based think-tank, warned that growth, frustratingly slow to date, would not pick up unless competitiveness improved and the banks’ balance sheets were cleaned up.  Photograph: Reuters

Ireland’s economy is showing encouraging signs of recovery from the financial crisis but more is needed to reinvigorate growth and create jobs, the O(...)

The OECD has criticised Government policies on job creation. Photograph: Frank Miller /The Irish Times

Ireland is back on its feet and on verge of becoming first EU country to exit its bailout, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Developme(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on September 15th, 2008, the day 
as the bankruptcy filing by U.S. investment bank 
Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy.

The defining event of our century thus far has been the failure of the West’s financial system. The consequences – budgetary, economic, political, soc(...)

Supporters of the extreme-right Golden Dawn party in Greece. Photograph: Grigoris Siamidis/Reuters

In the four years to the beginning of 2012, Ireland suffered the worst employment shock any developed economy had ever suffered in living memory. By t(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan, speaking on the steps of the Department of Finance yesterday after the quarterly results were published. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The economy formally left recession in the second quarter, according to figures published yesterday by the Central Statistics Office. However, the ove(...)

Successful together, the posters read, but Germany has some problems as well as its many successes. Photograph: Reuters

A year out from any US presidential election, there is much chatter on this side of the Atlantic about even the most obscure detail of the political p(...)