The offices of the Central Bank at  North Wall Quay, Dublin.  It saying it is “difficult to analyse adequately fundamental questions such as the current cyclical position of the economy.”  Photograph: Alan Betson

Last month the Central Statistics Office (CSO) published the annual national accounts for the Republic. An inevitable consequence of the globalised na(...)

Drug companies have warned against moves to weaken protections for intellectual property  rights in Europe. Photograph: Getty Images

Drug companies have warned that moves to weaken protections for intellectual property (IP) rights in Europe could put the brakes on efforts to cure so(...)

Paschal Donohoe: many of the economic choices facing the State will fall to him. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The MacGill Summer School, held annually in Glenties, Co Donegal, and which has been taking place all this week, is easy to parody. Official Ireland t(...)

The Titanic Belfast centre. The first comprehensive Northern Ireland Competitiveness Scorecard assesses 150 comparative indicators for the North’s economy. Photograph: Titanic Belfast/PA Wire

This week the first comprehensive Northern Ireland Competitiveness Scorecard was published. This publication is a landmark for Northern Ireland as it(...)

For decades, the legal profession has been in the crosshairs of external critics of the Irish economy. Every couple of years the Paris-based Organis(...)

Richard Bruton

Controversial new rules on regulating the auditing profession moved a step closer to implementation yesterday after EU member states reached broad (...)