An analysis of 40,000 transactions and proximity to parks and green spaces including water shows parks have the most positive effect.  Photograph: iStock

Having a house or an apartment in Dublin which is within walking distance of a park significantly adds to its property value , an environment conferen(...)

In 2013, the UK government introduced a carbon price floor, resulting in the closure of all coal-fired generation plants in mainland Britain. Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

The re-establishment of the Executive is a major step forward for Northern Ireland, restoring a democratic government to tackle its myriad problems, a(...)

Given the facts of rising maternal obesity and CS in Ireland, what can be said about their relationship? Photograph: iStock

A recent study of almost 68,000 women who presented for antenatal care at Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital, Dublin, found that the overall(...)

Just last week, the Economic and Social Research Institute think-tank – which informs Government policy – reported that many Irish families could make “large gains” by moving a mortgages to one of their current lender’s competitors. File photograph: Getty

Up to 160,000 Irish families are out of pocket every month – by as much as hundreds of euro – because they simply haven’t looked at switching their mo(...)

TK Whitaker  in 1975, when he was governor of the Central Bank. Photograph: Tommy Collins

When the secretary of the Department of Finance TK Whitaker sought to change the direction of the Irish economy in the late 1950s, he faced many chall(...)

The ESRI’s study found that many mortgage holders were 'initially drawn' to high cashback offers with little or no understanding of the APR implications. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Mortgage customers may be drawn into making poor financial decisions on the back of cash offers to switch lenders, a study by the Economic and Social (...)

The Restaurants Association of Ireland is concerned about the cost of showing calorie counts. Photograph: iStock

“I’ll pay whatever fine I have to, but I will never put calories on my menu. Never.” Chef Wade Murphy, who runs Restaurant 1826 in Adare, Co Limerick (...)

Niall Wynn, owner of Proper Order Coffee Cafe Haymarket, Smithfield, Dublin with one of his compostable coffee cups. In November Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton launches a public consultation on levies on single-use coffee cups. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

JANUARY New Central Bank rules aimed at helping consumers save money on their mortgage repayments and making mortgage switching easier come into effe(...)

Despite fears about the impact of Brexit and other international challenges on the horizon, the economy continued to outpace most other EU countries, even if getting an exact measure of growth here is next to near impossible given the impact of the multinationals. Photograph:  John Ohle

It has been another year of strong growth for the Irish economy. Despite fears about the impact of Brexit and other international challenges on the ho(...)

Verona Murphy votes at Ramsgrange Parish Hall in Wexford during a byelection in late November. File photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

End of the year, end of the decade; time to reflect and assess. Doubtless you’ll read plenty reviews of 2019 and of the 2010s over the coming days as (...)

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