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How would Ireland cope with the loss of its corporation tax bonanza? That’s just one of the big questions that will challenge the next government. Photograph: Alan Betson

If the next government – to be elected on February 8th – serves its full term, it will still be in office in 2025. What voters have to consider, there(...)

The feelgood factor from this period of economic growth is not evenly spread. Photograph: Getty

One of the stories of the economic recovery has been that consumer prices have remained almost flat. On average. The qualification is vital. The “bask(...)

Ireland experienced the second-largest increase in the share of household expenditure spent dining out between 2008 and 2018.  File photograph: Getty

Irish households devote a higher percentage of their expenditure to eating out in restaurants and on takeaways than any other country in the European (...)

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(...)

Expectations for a pay rise are high among Irish workers in 2020 but don’t go mad – the average pay increase forecast is just 2.64 per cent. Photograph: iStock

Automation The drive for machines and software to take over routine, repetitive and rules-based tasks is gathering pace inexorably, freeing up humans(...)

Between 2009 and 2018 an average of just  10,500 homes were completed per year

Some 34,000 houses will have to be built each year for the next decade just to meet demand, Central Bank analysis suggests. An economic letter on ho(...)

There were about 4,000 commercial aircraft leased through companies in Ireland last year, representing a total value of $115bn.  Photograph;David Sleator

Ireland ranked as the largest importer of aircraft in the EU last year, accounting for more than 50 per cent of the total. Eurostat figures show EU m(...)

Rescue workers remove debris from a collapsed building in Thumane, northwest of capital Tirana, after an earthquake hit Albania. Photograph: Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images

At least 21 people are dead and 600 injured after an earthquake struck Albania, flattening buildings, tearing open roads and prompting countries acros(...)

The average expected duration of working life in  the Republic has nudged up 0.3 years compared to a year ago and is 3.8 years longer than at the start of the century. Photograph: iStock

The length of time Irish people are forecast to spend in the labour market has increased to 37 years, above the European Union average of 36.2 years, (...)

Apartments in Dublin’s Heuston South Quarter. Photograph: Fran Veale

Rental growth has slowed, but rents are still rising and – averaging just over €1,400 per month – remain among the highest in Europe. And not only is (...)

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