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Minister for Children Katherine Zappone: “One in every 10 children lives in consistent poverty – experiencing both income poverty and deprivation.” Photograph: Colm Mahady/Fennell Photography

Child poverty was the “crisis of our times” and the Taoiseach should lead a drive to end it, a high-level conference on the issue heard on Friday. I(...)

The European Commission  is worried about contractual clauses in some deals between six film studios, including Disney and pay-TV broadcaster Sky in Britain, that could prevent programmes being shown across borders

The European Commission said on Friday it was seeking reaction on commitments offered by Walt Disney in a pay-TV investigation aimed at making shows (...)

As the Christmas shopping season kicks off in earnest, the reality of the behavioural shift will become more apparent than ever before. For many retailers and their customers, it will be, at least partially, a digital Christmas and a cyber New Year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

You would have to search high and low to find a prettier market square than the one in Donegal town. It’s not really a square at all, of course, but i(...)

Bill Gates uses a jar of human faeces as a prop at the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing: poor sanitation kills half a million children under the age of five annually. Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

The week in numbers: Amazonian affairs 240 US cities that initially responded, with much enthusiasm, to Amazon’s 2017 call for pitches for the honou(...)

Driverless lorry testing is well under way in many countries. Photograph: iStock
No time to stand still

Modern supply chains couldn’t exist without the support of a highly sophisticated logistics sector. From a man in a van to Maersk, it’s the engine tha(...)

Riskier assets were in favour on Wall Street in early afternoon trading. Photograph: Bloomberg

Stock markets rose globally on Wednesday as investors cheered the outcome of the US midterm elections, which, in delivering a gridlocked Congress, eas(...)

French finance minister Bruno Le Maire proposed a compromise to secure agreement for an EU-wide digital sales tax. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s finance minister, Olaf Scholz, had long conveyed reservations about the European Commission’s proposed directive for a digital sales tax (DS(...)

Corrections are par for the course in bull markets, but investors are understandably spooked by the scale of the selling. The S&P 500 went 28 consecutive days without registering back-to-back gains. Photograph: Getty Images

Well, that was ugly. October, that is. The S&P 500’s 6.9 per cent fall was its biggest monthly decline in seven years, while things were even more(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Does he accept the precedent of EU interference in our tax affairs and risk the backlash? Photograph: Donall Farmer

The Revenue Commissioners have estimated that if the EU goes ahead with a plan to impose a special tax on some of the digital revenues of the big tech(...)

UK chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond  this week declared that the era of austerity was coming to an end. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

UK chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond took to his feet in the House of Commons on Monday and declared that the era of austerity was coming to (...)

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