The National Competitiveness Council says it is concerned about the high cost of doing business in the Republic. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

High borrowing, insurance and legal costs threaten the Republic’s competitiveness, experts warn in a report published today. The latest research from(...)

Improvement in living standards, a sustainable wage level, and the State’s ability to finance public services are all driven by productivity. Photograph: Collins

Closer economic integration between multinationals and small businesses should be facilitated by the State to ensure productivity growth isn’t left so(...)

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt at this week’s ITV Conservative leadership debate.

An ITV face-off between Tory leadership candidates Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt this week left Tánaiste Simon Coveney with his head in his hands. On(...)

While the Republic scores well internationally in terms of competitiveness, the National Competitiveness Council warned that “a small number of firms deliver most of Ireland’s productivity performance. Photograph: EPA

The Irish economy remains competitive but threats to economic sustainability are growing, the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) has warned. In p(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar arriving at the launch of the National Broadband Plan with Ministers in tow.

It seemed as though just about everybody was shouting stop at the Government this week, but it vowed to press ahead nonetheless with the National Broa(...)

The head of the National Competitiveness Council, Peter Clinch, said  Irish businesses face costs that are 65 per cent higher than their EU counterparts.

The head of the National Competitiveness Council has warned that rising rents and labour costs combined with the high rate of personal taxation are no(...)

Medical professionals, healthcare, science, pharmaceutical and food graduates are in particularly high demand. Photograph: iStock

Graduates of 2019: the lottery of time is on your side. Unlike those unfortunate enough to be blasted out into the labour market of 2009, we’re now ap(...)

 OECD research shows that the average net cost of childcare –  counting in child benefit and other State supports – is around 28%  of average earnings, compared to the EU average of 12%

Why is Ireland such an expensive place to live? The annual review from the National Competitiveness Council – published this week – may focus on the c(...)

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The latest report from the National Competitiveness Council should serve as a warning that continuing economic growth cannot be taken for granted. It (...)

There is pressure on ‘essential consumer products’ like housing, residential rent and childcare costs. File photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish labour costs have risen four times faster than average prices across the economy in recent years, pushing up the cost of housing, renting and ch(...)

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