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(...)


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(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and British prime minister Theresa May after talks at 10 Downing Street in London in June. Photograph: Philip Toscano/AFP/Getty Images

It has been an unusual year of economic news. The headlines have been dominated by Brexit and the significant risks which lie ahead. Yet the economic (...)

A report last Tuesday said Ireland’s booming economy faced a number of competitiveness challenges that could seriously derail future growth. Photograph: iStock

Research prepared for the Department of Finance has found that the Irish economy is likely to overheat in the medium term, with strains likely to star(...)

UK premier Theresa May said the House of Commons will get its “meaningful vote” on her Brexit deal next month. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

If UK prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal were a walking, talking human being, it’s self esteem would be on the floor after the week just passed.(...)

The National Competitiveness Council is worried about the State’s heavy dependence on the performance of a narrow base of firms. Photograph: Reuters

The latest report from the National Competitiveness Council (NCC) come as a reality check to the succession of bright Irish economic data releases we (...)

The National Competitiveness Council said there is much to be done on the domestic front to improve competitiveness

Ireland’s booming economy faces a number of competitiveness challenges that could seriously derail future growth, according to a new report. The stro(...)

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