In the UK experts are saying that at the peak of the outbreak in Britain  as many as one in five people might be missing from work, implying a massive short-term disruption. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/

As international experts cut forecasts for world economy growth, the risks to the Irish economic outlook for the rest of this year are rising. Taois(...)

Members of Lucan Roller Hockey Club and Southside Roller Hockey Club training in Lucan at the weekend. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The future of roller hockey in Ireland is at risk after clubs were denied cover due to insurance companies pulling out of the Irish market, organisers(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe speaking at the Irish Tax Institute annual dinner in Dublin on Friday. Photograph: Julien Behal

Government finances need to be kept in surplus to guard against the risk of a bigger-than-expected fall-off in corporation tax revenues, Minister for (...)

China and its Wuhan region are big producers of ingredients for pharmaceutical companies and some big players with operations here, such as Pfizer and Mylan, have warned about disruption. Photograph: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/Bloomberg

Whoever ends up negotiating the programme for the new government will need to realise that the growth outlook for this year is hanging in the balance.(...)

Budget reforms mean AbbVie faces paying tax on its €57.2bn acquisition of Dublin-domiciled Allergan. File photograph: PA Wire

Lawyers acting for pharmaceutical giant AbbVie warned the Department of Finance it would be “unfair” to levy a €572 million tax bill on the company, a(...)

David Doyle: former secretary general of  the Department of Finance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Former Department of Finance secretary general David Doyle (70), who was a central figure in State’s response to the banking crisis, has died. “David(...)

The first sitting of the 33rd Dáil in Leinster House this week. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

Sooner or later, two of the three big parties will get into negotiation on a new programme for government, trying to drag in a couple of the smaller p(...)

Daniel O’Donnell welcomes the Mary from Dungloe contestants on stage during a concert. Ireland’s bid for a seat on the UN Security Council in 2011 might have been helped by his popularity in certain small countries. Photograph: North West Newspix

Twenty years ago I was asked to talk to a senior Australian politician about the Celtic Tiger. I recounted the vital role played by European Union mem(...)

President of the European Council Charles Michel: he is charged with brokering a deal among the 27 member states.  Photograph: Francois Walschaerts/AFP via Getty Images

When Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hops on a plane on Thursday afternoon to attend a Brussels summit he will be flying from one intractable problem – governm(...)

CGI of the design plans for the new city library at Parnell Square. Image: Picture Plane

Dublin City Council is seeking €25 million in government grants to develop a new city library in Parnell Square following the failure to secure philan(...)

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