The EU’s emergency pandemic economic measures have raised the possibility of profound reappraisals of economic policy. “A unique challenge to economic(...)

Testing a larger sample of the population to understand the asymptomatic transmission of coronavirus  is an important part of the “control strategy” to lift lockdowns. Photograph: Getty Images

The State must extend coronavirus testing to “wider population-based surveys to find out where the virus is” as part of a “control strategy” to be abl(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal O’Donohoe. The Government had been expecting a €2.2 billion surplus in 2020. A €19 billion deficit is now being forecast. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

There is a peculiar paradox at the core of this crisis. Though we are confronting an economic meltdown there is nothing essentially wrong with the eco(...)

Former Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan: helicopter money is not something the ECB would consider

Financial packages that a week ago looked big, suddenly look insufficient. Economic measures that seemed like overkill last month now seem too weak to(...)

 Former IMF  chief Ajai Chopra: he   singled out the lack of leadership from the US, and what he described as unhelpful comments from US leaders

The coronavirus crisis has hit the world economy “much harder and much faster than anything before”, and will have a deeper impact than the 2008 finan(...)

Mr Justice John MacMenamin of the Supreme Court, taking part in the march of 1,000 gowns on January 11th in Warsaw, Poland. Photograph: Omar Marques/ Getty Images

The Polish Commissioner for Human Rights, Dr Adam Bodnar, has thanked the Irish judiciary for sending a representative to the “march of 1,000 gowns” i(...)

 Brexit Party MEP Claire Fox said: ‘I think that the status quo [at Stormont], as it was, and the political status quo, as it was, was not good enough.’ File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Brexit has “breathed new life into Northern Ireland’s crisis-ridden political system” and has been a catalyst for people voting outside traditional pa(...)

 Emily O’Reilly’s first term has seen a shift in her office’s main preoccupations with individual citizens’ complaints to a focus on raising accountability standards in the EU institutions. Photograph: Alan Betson

Emily O’Reilly is on the campaign trail. Her bid for re-election for a second term by MEPs as Europe’s Ombudsman later this month saw her speaking in (...)

On Tuesday, the PwC-Irish Times Tax Summit will wrestle the most topical questions in an increasingly uncertain world. File photograph: Getty

This Week September 16th Monday Indicators: Irish exports and imports (July). Tuesday Results: Uniphar, Adobe, FedEx. Indicators: Euro zone econom(...)

Joachim Lang, director general of the Federation of German Industries (BDI): we reject any sort of expiry date attached to the backstop

German business stands unwaveringly behind the backstop and will not support “any sort of expiry date” attached to it, the country’s top business lea(...)

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