Driving change: the move to electric cars Photograph:  PA

The major benefits of halting climate change will be felt by future generations, but the financial costs of taking the necessary actions will be borne(...)

There is no agreed headline growth figure for Ireland for 2016 because we are not yet able to disentangle all the complex multinational relationships affecting the economy in that year

Traditionally the publication of the CSO’s national accounts provided a useful benchmark of progress, or lack of progress, in the Irish economy. Howev(...)

Environmentally friendly: a pay-by-weight regime cuts waste by roughly half. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty

Archaeologists have been thriving on the waste left behind by our ancestors thousands of years ago. Sorting through the Viking landfills in Dublin has(...)

Grand Canal Dock in Dublin. Land prices are rising rapidly in response to the increased sale price for housing. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The task of housing all of our people remains a crucial challenge for the Government and for society as a whole. Relative to earlier generations, a(...)

An electric car being charged. The electrification of road transport will have important implications for the economy across a range of dimensions. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

If we are to halt climate change by 2050, we need to make dramatic alterations in our economy and in wider society. A key part of this transformation (...)

Goods traffic outside Dublin Port. Brexit is set to have a major impact on exports and imports

A sizeable body of research has been undertaken from as far back as 2014 to examine the possible implications of Brexit for the Irish economy. The evi(...)

We may complain about inflexible bureaucracy but that inflexibility can be a necessary barrier to the potential cancer of corruption.

While the public perception may be otherwise, by international standards, Ireland appears to have a pretty low level of corruption. This has been one (...)

The Department of Finance is forecasting growth of 4.3 per cent this year, whereas the ESRI and the Central Bank suggest growth of 3.5 per cent to 4 per cent. Photograph: Frank Miller

Governments generally hope and pray for higher growth to unleash additional resources to improve public services or cut taxes. However, wise governmen(...)

Producing more renewable electricity when the wind blows comes at no additional cost to the producer, and the zero marginal cost of electricity from wind, when it is available, squeezes out more expensive electricity generated from gas or coal. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

We have to make major efforts to phase out our use of fossil fuels such as gas, oil and coal to ensure that we cease contributing to global warming by(...)

Facebook’s European headquarters at  Grand Canal Square, Dublin. “The direct contribution of foreign multinationals to the economy comes in the form of their wage bill and the corporation tax that they pay on the profits earned in Ireland.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The CSO figures on employment, published earlier this week, show extremely strong growth continuing in the economy. While some other indicators, such (...)