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Brexit is the most probable explanation for the UK’s worse-than-average fall in output, though the immediate impact of Brexit was  disguised by the massive disruption due to the pandemic.  Photograph: Getty Images

In the 1970s when I worked in the Department of Finance on forecasting the Irish economy the first port of call was what was likely to happen in the U(...)

AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 antibody cocktail cuts the risk of severe disease or death in patients by half, the company said on Monday. Photograph:  Paul Ellis/AFP via Getty Images

AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 antibody cocktail cuts the risk of severe disease or death in patients by half, the company said on Monday. The drug, AZD7442,(...)

Peter Keane: “I’m certainly not getting carried away with that [league semi-final] result and neither are the team.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Stripped of its obvious controversies, Saturday’s Kerry-Tyrone All-Ireland semi-final carries the baggage of a fierce rivalry that spans the century. (...)

It does seem as though banks are very reluctant to take on mortgage business from people on the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme

My husband and I have been trying to acquire a mortgage since late 2019. Covid hit and our application stalled. We eventually had a letter of offer fr(...)

Tyrone GAA in consultation with Cork Park decided to test the panel of players and the results on Monday prompted the application for a postponement. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The All-Ireland semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone, which was re-fixed for August 21st in response to a request for postponement by Tyrone because of(...)

Waterford manager Liam Cahill with Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy after their teams’ All-Ireland quarter-final clash. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Waterford’s All-Ireland quarter-final defeat of Tipperary on Saturday in Cork’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh may have marked a turning point in relations between(...)

Dr Jim O’Donovan: “Up until the point where we were able to access vaccines, I would have been very hesitant about travelling with the team.” Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Dr Jim O’Donovan, the chief medical officer with Team Ireland, would have been “very hesitant” about travelling to the Tokyo Olympics had the athlete (...)

‘It is clear that a welcome new mood of experimentation is afoot. Like so much else in the pandemic, it is impossible to know how it will end.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Among the many things I have failed to do in my career, there is one that I seriously regret. I have never been on a corporate retreat. Nor have I bee(...)

The Grange Castle plant, originally built by Wyeth before it merged with Pfizer, is state-of-the-art and has plenty of space for expansion. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Pfizer’s announcement that it will build a new vaccines business at its Grange Castle plant in Dublin is that rarity – unadulterated good news. Alongs(...)

The pandemic has fuelled a lack of camaraderie, but research suggests putting everyone back in the office again won’t entirely fix the problem.

Every other week or so, a number emerges somewhere in the world that I find both understandable and troubling. It is the percentage of people who con(...)

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