US president Joe Biden speaking after being sworn in as the 46th president of the US during his inauguration in Washington, DC,  on January 20th. Photograph: EPA/Jonathan Ernst

The ascendance to the White House this week of Joe Biden brought to an end four years of turbulence under his predecessor Donald Trump. The new US pre(...)

Expats normally make up about 5% to 7%  of the Irish market, but in recent months this has jumped to 25%. Photograph: Getty Images

Covid-19 has aggravated Ireland’s property woes. It has halted construction twice, limiting the supply of new homes which was already lagging demand b(...)

Laura McCarthy at her home in Ballivor, Co Meath, with her family James, Robyn and Peter and dog, Chad. Photograph: Alan Betson

The pandemic has slammed school doors shut for the second time in less than a year. In general, teachers and students are better prepared than they we(...)

Bernie Dillon:  inspirational chief executive of Amdahl Ireland

Bernie Dillon, who died on January 7th, was a founding father of today’s modern information technology industry in Ireland. His illustrious career spa(...)

A view of Dublin city during the Covid-19 lockdown. Photograph: Tom Honan

For more than one reason this week, it is worthwhile asking: for how long should we dwell on the past? The answer, I think, is that it depends what we(...)

We see companies keen, among other things, to buy renewable energy or signing up to certification schemes. These actions go beyond the traditional concentration on short-term profitability. Photographs: Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty

In tackling climate change, much of our attention has focused on what households can do to eliminate harmful greenhouse gas emissions. For example, a(...)

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien has said he wants to make home ownership a cornerstone of Government policy on housing. “Home ownership is not s(...)

Should those living in large houses after their children leave  be encouraged by the State to trade down? Photograph: iStock

There are few more emotive subjects in Ireland than the “family home”. And we do seem to live in bigger homes than the average. A European Commission (...)

Mortgage lending to first-time buyers has increased by 15 per cent. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

With record numbers seeking mortgage approval, and stricter restrictions from today on property viewings, pent-up demand for limited stock is set t(...)

 An empty Grafton Street in Dublin. Lockdown restrictions have pushed the December jobless rate to over 20%.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish economy begins 2021 in a precarious position. Record coronavirus infections and a return to a full-scale lockdown clouds the outlook and lim(...)

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