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Gym membership in Ireland is the most expensive in the EU but it’s getting more competitive. Photograph: Irish Times Graphics

On the face of it Irish people are paying up for gym membership, with rates here among the highest in Europe. But this is partly down to the structure(...)

 Migrants wait at a naval base in Tripoli, after being rescued in the Mediterranean.  Photograph:  AFP/Mahmud Turkia/Getty Images

A spectre is haunting Europe – the spectre of the immigrant. No force is doing more to shape contemporary politics than the fear of mass immigration. (...)

There are a variety of reasons behind why some goods and services are so much more expensive in Ireland. Graphic: Irish Times Graphics

Ireland remains one of the most expensive countries in the EU to live in. And that’s official. According to new figures from Eurostat, the EU’s stati(...)

Andreas Georgiou, president of the Hellenic Statistical Authority, remains under fire in Greece for restating the country’s indebtedness. Photograph: Roy Gutman/MCT via Getty Images

Homer’s Greek heroes had different qualities – mercurial Achilles was renowned for his bravery in battle, whereas the more patient Odysseus overcame h(...)

At least 70 per cent of Irish people are living in homes that are ‘too large for their needs’, according to Eurostat findings reported in the ‘Sunday Times’

Homes too big for needs At least 70 per cent of Irish people are living in homes that are “too large for their needs”, according to findings of Euro(...)

House prices across the Republic are still 21.1 per cent lower than their highest level in 2007.  Photograph: iStock

There was further misery for would-be home buyers on Wednesday morning with fresh data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showing that th(...)

Gross domestic product expanded by 0.4 per cent in the euro area in the first three months of this year. Photograph: iStock

Economic growth in the euro zone cooled in the first quarter to the weakest pace since mid-2016, according to figures released on Thursday that confir(...)

Students of St Nathy’s College in Co Roscommon who have formed the St Nathy’s BMW Coalition

A youth coalition campaigning to highlight east-west “economic apartheid” in the State is due to address members of the Oireachtas in Dublin this week(...)

Nearly a third of respondents to a survey by the IPSOS-Senior Association said their second greatest fear, after physical deterioration, was “social isolation and the loss of dear ones”. Photograph:  Stock image

The “ghettoisation” of the elderly in France is the result of ageism, collective denial and inadequate and disrespectful policies, according to a 68-(...)

Photograph: iStock

Germany’s economy grew at the weakest pace in more than a year at the start of 2018, part of a slowdown across the euro area that the European Central(...)

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