David Davis, the UK Brexit secretary who told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that last week’s deal on the Border was more “a statement of intent” than a legally binding treaty. Photograph: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA

Divorce talks between the United Kingdom and the European Union can move on to phase two after EU leaders yesterday judged that “sufficient progress” (...)

“The economy was fully wound up from the late 1990s but, when mismanaged, it ran off the tracks in 2008.”

I am old enough to have played with a clockwork train as a child. One of the things it taught me was that, when fully wound up, the train could run v(...)

A rise of between 1 and 2 per cent in interest rates reduces a borrower’s disposable income after debt repayments by between 2 and 4 per cent, the ESRI has warned. Photograph: iStock

Irish consumers could feel the pinch of a European Central Bank (ECB) interest rate rise more than those in other European economies as a result of ou(...)

The Central Bank said the final deal was still subject to complex negotiations, which could swing in different directions.

Brexit continues to pose a serious risk to the Irish economy despite last week’s apparent deal on the Irish Border, the Economic and Social Research I(...)

The research found that  the proportion of people not saving  declined from 33 per cent to 30 per cent

More than half of consumers now regularly save, suggests the latest savings and investments index by Bank of Ireland and the Economic and Social Resea(...)

Paschal Donohoe: the Minister framed his budget around cuts in the Universal Social Charge and an increase in the standard rate income tax band. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government was careful not to oversell Budget 2018 as a giveaway and with good reason. A study by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI(...)

Downsizers: Sheila and Peader Keogh, from Castletroy, Limerick. Photograph: Don Moloney

The move, when it eventually came, just over a year ago, was an emotional wrench for Sheila and Peadar Keogh. The property they were selling in a subu(...)

There is little evidence of any feel-good factor that might suggest the prospect of a spending boom over Christmas.

Irish shoppers are likely to adopt a cautious approach to Christmas this year as consumer sentiment edged lower for the second month in a row in Novem(...)

On average, and all things being equal, girls generally outperform boys in Leaving Cert subjects, whether or not they have boys sitting beside them in the classroom.

Boys and girls About a third of Ireland’s post-primary school are single-sex. By international standards, this is unusual. Today’s feeder school lis(...)

In my day they’re what passed for tasty Christmas treats. We’d have sprouts for dessert covered in cream and they’d often come in selection boxes next to the Revels. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It’s December, and thanks to “liberals” (sorry for whispering but I’m in The Irish Times office) there’s absolutely no sign of any celebration anywher(...)

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