The list for 2022 suggests the Republic is a more expensive place to live than the UK, US, France and New Zealand, but cheaper than Switzerland, Norway and Australia. File photograph: The Irish Times

Ireland is the 16th most expensive country in the world to live, according to price-comparison website Numbeo. The rankings are based on the average (...)

Shadow banking –  non-bank financial activities – includes activity in investment and money market funds. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ireland is home to the world’s fifth-largest “shadow banking” industry, with some €3.45 trillion of assets as of the end of 2020, mainly in IFSC-based(...)

Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Irish people lodged almost 7,000 complaints with data protection watchdogs last year, the sixth-highest number in Europe, lawyers say. A report from (...)

An Irish passport gives holders visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to 187 countries. Photograph: Frank Miller

Ireland has been ranked joint 14th on a list of the most prized passports in the world because it offers visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 187 co(...)

Central Bank statistics show Irish pension funds held €15.6bn in debt securities at the end of the third quarter of 2021. Photograph: Alan Betson

Irish pension funds grew 0.4 per cent in the third quarter of 2021 to stand at a total asset value of €129.8 billion, according to new figures from th(...)

European Parliament: The real hubs for Irish-language jobs in the EU are of course Brussels and Luxembourg. File photograph: Getty

Within two days of Irish achieving full parity as an official European Union language, job adverts seeking Irish speakers popped up in an unexpected p(...)

Developments over the past year, on the production, employment, tax and regulatory front have been challenging for the sector, to put it mildly. Photograph: iStock

For the tech sector in 2021, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The best can be summed up easily: much of the sector did extremely (...)

The Minister for Finance defended small countries’ right to compete with larger countries through their tax rate. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Time for everyone to make their minds up, and Paschal Donohoe knew it. It was last September, and months of negotiations on an unprecedented global a(...)

Young people  are kept out of the housing market not just by high prices and an inability to save, but by the rise of insecure work contracts. Photograph: iStock

Kim van Sparrentak was sharing her Rotterdam apartment with three flatmates as she campaigned for election to the European Parliament in 2019. “When (...)

It has been reported that McCourt, who was awarded the contract for the €2.9-billion State-funded national broadband plan, invested just €116,564 of equity into the project. Photograph: iStock

Boom-era property financier Derek Quinlan’s wife, Siobhán Quinlan, has entered the build-to-rent residential property space with plans to develop 668 (...)

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