UK economist Simon Wren-Lewis says the economic drag of the Covid-19 crisis will come not from days lost due to ill-health but from the broken consumption patterns of uninfected people. Photograph: AFP

The most frightening aspect of the Economic and Social Research Institute’s (ESRI) forecast for the coronavirus-battered Irish economy is not that we’(...)

Minister of State Pat Breen said an ageing population requires supportive actions in order to enable people “to make an active contribution to society and working life”. Photograph: iStock

The Government needs to ensure there is access for everyone to “life-long learning and upskilling” in order to meet the challenges of digitalisation, (...)

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe speaks to media on the conclusion of the National Economic Dialogue at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe signalled this week that the public finances would act as a shock absorber for the economy in the event of a no-d(...)

 Last month Norwegian Air  stock took an upward jolt amidst speculation it may be acquired by Lufthansa. Photograph: Getty Images

MONDAY Indicators: Irish construction PMI (June); new vehicles licensed (June); German exports and imports (May). TUESDAY Results: PepsiCo. Ind(...)

Stress test: the Republic’s export-led economy is a perfect candidate. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

In the immediate aftermath of the crash it became fashionable to stress-test banks, to see if they could withstand shocks, and with good reason: they (...)

Hope amid uncertainty

Hope amid uncertainty in a volatile world. That is one way of viewing the Economic and Social Research Institute’s (ESRI) qualified optimism ab(...)