Europe 2020

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Ireland continues to perform poorly when it comes to action in relation to ocean protection. Photograph: iStock

Ireland is not doing very well on climate change and sustainability compared with most other European countries. The most recent report available was (...)

A Mask Vendor getting ready to trade on Dublin’s O’Connell Street. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

HSE director general Paul Reid has said he was confident that if the public do all the basics of wearing masks, observing hand hygiene and practising (...)

OECD  states that public spaces defined as parks, restaurants, bars, cinemas, non-essential shops and services were closed in Ireland for 120 days. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Ireland’s first lockdown was by far the longest in Europe for bars, restaurants, cinemas and non-essential shops, according to a new report. The Orga(...)

“Ireland needs to employ new models of housing to the growing demand and to anticipate ever-changing demographics and living habits,” says Louise McQuaid, senior associate property with law firm Pinsent Masons.

Ireland can learn some lessons from the UK when it comes to tackling the housing crisis. While demand for housing has escalated to unprecedented level(...)

Many workers have started to actively seek education and retraining as they hit a plateau in their careers, or move into new life stages. Photograph: iStock

A new calendar year can often seem like a good time for a change of job, but that doesn’t always mean cutting ties with your current employer. Recent (...)

The European Commission says Ireland has made limited progress in reducing carbon emissions in agriculture, road transport and the residential sector. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times.

Ireland will face substantial fines for missing European carbon reduction targets by 2020 but the penalties will not be as high as the €600 million so(...)

European Commission report concludes “existing climate change mitigation efforts will not enable Ireland to achieve its Europe 2020 climate goals domestically”. Photograph: PA

The European Commission has issued its starkest warning yet of economic penalties facing the Government due to lack of progress in decarbonising Irish(...)

“If we achieve the predicted return to economic progress in Ireland and elsewhere, it is reasonable to predict that our finest researchers will avail of the opportunity to emigrate to where their work is more valued. The damage to our research programmes will be immense.” Photograph: Getty Images

While research faces significant obstacles in Europe, Ireland’s national research policy is facing an even more alarming crisis as it continues to ign(...)

ECB president Mario Draghi: “There is no debate about our goal, which is to return inflation toward 2 per cent in the medium-term, in line with our mandate.” Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

The European Central Bank is widely expected to cut interest rates and loosen credit at its next rate-setting meeting this Thursday. ECB president Mar(...)

Fr Seán Healy: “It is not enough for economic activity to be profitable, it is also essential that it promote the common good.” Photograph: Mark Maxwell

Commitment to the European social model “is essential if the wellbeing of this and future generations is to be secured,” Dr Seán Healy director of Soc(...)

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