A major economic issue for Ireland:   the “Pope’s Children” – those born around the time of the first pope’s visit – are the most single Irish generation ever. Photograph: Getty Images

The reason for one of the biggest societal changes since the last pope’s visit has gone largely undocumented

Skyline of Johannesburg with Ellis park stadium, Gauteng Province, South Africa.

Four of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world in 2017 were in Africa

“To misquote Oscar Wilde, to lose money once in a crisis can be viewed as a misfortune, to do so twice is careless.” Photograph: istock

Ten years on from the global banking crisis, have we learned anything?

Boris Johnson reportedly said “f**k business” when asked  about business leaders’ Brexit fears. Photograph:  Dan Kitwood/Getty

Tory civil war is set to offer Ireland an incalculable commercial opportunity

‘The diminutive Luka Modric from Zadar shows that combination of talent and grit that defines great players.’ Photograph: Alexander Nemenov/AFP.

What Ireland has achieved economically and socially since Euro ’88 is phenomenal

'When the Dart fills up at Grand Canal Dock, it is with real people, real employees, real managers.'

The school greets all good news with a shrug of ‘ah yeah, but that’s only the multinationals’

Today, what matters is the essential feel of a place, its culture, the experience, the mix of people, the nightlife and the lifestyle.

It is important t be aware of the link between economic wealth and tolerance

Craig Moore, originally from Romania, Tshi Tshi Mbaya, originally from Brazil, and Michael Richards, from Dublin, at a  multicultural sports day in Pearse Park, Crumlin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Settlement patterns reflect house prices, planning and suburban development

An activist of Reporters without Borders wears a mask depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin during a protest in front of the Russian embassy to Germany in Berlin, ahead of the start of the 2018 Football World Cup. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty

Quite why westerners are perplexed by Vladimir Putin’s popularity is itself perplexing

Rental squeeze: Dublin’s property market is profoundly different from 10 or 15 years ago. Funds are buying up large developments, leading to the professionalisation of landlordism. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Dublin’s residential property market is now part of a global business

La Dolce Vita: Italians are naturally nostalgic for the booming, confident Italy that Federico Fellini caught on film. Photograph: Fine Art/Heritage/Getty

Italian industry has gone backwards since the country joined the euro

Grand Canal Dock in Dublin. An 85sq m apartment in Dublin costs €1,726 a month to rent, on average, making it the fifth most expensive city in the world. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Belfast’s skyline shows what Dublin needs to do: build upwards to keep rents down

Cycling has attracted the reasonably comfortable middle aged, whose children are almost reared, with the time and money to commit to a top-of-the-range rothair. Photograph: iStock

Cycling, once a blue collar sport, is now the pursuit of choice for the professional classes

In 2001, the chief executive of CRH, Ireland’s largest listed company, earned 50 times more than the average worker in the country. In 2016, he earned 267 times more  than the average worker

The head of Ireland’s largest listed company earns 267 times the average worker’s pay

“The points show that there is also an entrenched university hierarchy in the minds of parents, despite the proliferation of places available.”

School-leavers must not just go to university, they must go to the ‘best’ university

'It seems clear the economy is overheating on most metrics but the question is what is the Central Bank going to do about it.' Photograph: Alan Betson

Watchdog is evangelical in its born-again vigilance but powerless over interest rates

'If we want to be a proper player in the globalised world, we need to offer globally recognised education not just for the kids of potential foreign executives but for Irish children too.' Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

When multinationals consider moving here, the first thing they will research is schools

'If implemented properly a location tax would address dereliction and liberate millions of income tax payers from the heavy burden of excessive income tax.' Photograph: Getty Images

Phibsboro accords to the iron rule of upwardly mobile Ireland: the law of 'ancient signalling'

At the end of the month, the squeezed middle has no money left. Photograph: iStock

How can their income tax bills be cut if the costs of education and health are going up?

Children learn through trial and error. The child who is allowed to make mistakes might be the one better equipped for life. Photograph: Getty Images

Overprotected children have their capacity to meet failure and unpredictability stunted

 Dublin Docklands: Canadian economist Jane Jacobs argues  against having specifically targeted “business districts” because these  areas empty out at 5pm and become wastelands. Photograph:  Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto/Getty

Capital generates over half of Ireland’s tax income but high rents are killing diversity

Getting  a leg up: What is good for the individual is not always good for the collective. Photograph: Getty

Inheriting wealth is not meritocratic, but in Ireland it’s still the quickest way to get rich

 Students checking the CAO first round offers. The great Irish CAO hysteria may be misplaced given the ongoing democratisation of knowledge. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Education is no longer about credentials. It’s about attitude and willingness to keep learning

Portend of growth?: In middle-income countries, when people who have control over their fertility feel the economy is not able to offer children a good future, large numbers choose not to have babies. Photograph: Getty

A high birth rate may indicate that the economy is going to boom in the years ahead

No need for vulture funds: Ireland’s credit unions, with €14 billion on deposit, could easily take nonperforming mortgages from the likes of Permanent TSB. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Bad loans should be sold to credit unions, not to pawnbrokers in Prada

Disney World is the place blue-collar America comes to on holiday. An “all-in” week here is part of the American dream. The people who make the pilgrimage are the people who voted for Donald Trump.

Enemy of working man is not Donald Trump, it is the professional aristocracy

Dublin Port: imagine a shiny new city facing out to the sea instead of a few oildrums and containers.   Photograph: David Toase/Getty Images

One solution to the housing crisis? Move the port and build a new kind of capital city

Big switch: Comedian Dom Joly launches the new Nokia 3310 in London. Daily life without constant emails, Twitter feeds, Facebook updates and Instagram photos is a blessed relief. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA Wire

Without the distractions of the ‘attention economy’, I can focus and be more creative

When houses prices rise, the first rule of traditional economics says demand will fall. But once you introduce group dynamics into the equation, demand doesn’t fall – quite the opposite

The latest help-to-buy scheme will do the opposite of what it’s supposed to achieve

Looking for a friend: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Brussels. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty

France and Germany, or Austria and Poland? It’s a major national decision

The Return to Amsterdam of the Second Expedition to the East Indies, by Hendrik Cornelisz Vroom (1566-1640). Over the years, the Dutch built the most commercially successful economy in the world. Photograph: Phas/UIG via Getty Images

We need the tech companies, but we must not let their interests supersede all others

  Grand Canal Dock, Dublin: The global economic cycle in general and the Irish economic system in particular are being profoundly affected by structural changes brought about by technological innovations. Photograph:  NurPhoto/Getty

The Crash – 10 years on: This was part of a classic cycle. The recovery came as a bit of a shock

In almost all cases, the price of a pint of Guinness gets cheaper when it leaves Ireland. In some cases the differences are enormous. Photograph: Getty Images

Shopping in the North could make you 30% richer. It is economic self-harm not to do so

First, Joseph learns the baby isn’t his but God’s, then he gets hit with a pile of new taxes by the Romans. Illustration: Wynnter/Getty Images

Today, wise men know that the world’s economic future isn’t in the west. It’s in China

Wrapping its arms around the world: China uses money it earns from selling cheap consumer goods to Cubans to invest in factories and other infrastructure back in Cuba, thus buying political influence as well as market share. Photograph: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty

We’ve grown far more productive, but global competition is keeping wages low

Bitcoin boom: the cryptocurrency’s price has risen by 1,525 per cent this year. Photograph: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

Bitcoin and financial markets are rising disturbingly fast. Let’s not forget our history

True North: although restaurants may have lost some of their social cachet, they still reveal, sociologically, something about a place. Photograph: Macduff Everton/Corbis Documentary/Getty

David McWilliams: Economically and socially, North and South are different countries

The Japanese concluded in 1868 that to get the economy working properly for as many people as possible they had to dramatically reduce the wealth tied up in land.

Ireland needs to follow radical example of Japan’s 19th-century ‘Meiji Restoration’

International role:  Commercially Ireland is more akin to a trading state than a nation state.  However, playing this trading state game takes skill and vision. Photograph: Christopher Murray/Getty

If we redefine our relationship with multinationals, Ireland can be a global leader

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