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(...)

Prof Peter Clinch: says there are a number of hidden threats to cost competitiveness here even with Brexit continuing to loom on the horizon

Banks and lawyers are driving up the costs of businesses, while wages are beginning to rise rapidly, experts warn in a report published on Thursday. (...)

Time to look ahead to 2019, even if you don’t want to. Photograph: Getty

Economic forecasting is a dangerous game at the best of times. But 2019 brings a particularly high level of uncertainty. There is Brexit. The possibil(...)

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