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Functions that are locally controlled in almost every other European country – policing, health and social care, schools – are in Ireland almost entirely controlled from the centre.

I live in the United States for part of the year, in a prosperous university town. Property prices are high – and so are property taxes. It is not unu(...)

The Criminal Justice (Corruption Practices) Act 2018 made it an offence to be involved in foreign corruption. It  covers bribery abroad by businesses based in the State.

A law introduced by Ireland last year, as part of an international drive aimed at combatting corruption, has been found not to be in compliance with t(...)

The good news is that we’re not heading towards a jobless society of couch potatoes hooked on daytime TV.

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos doesn’t think the robots are going to take all our jobs or stalk the human race with malign intent. “The idea that there is g(...)

President Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron have contrasting views on free trade. File Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

President Emmanuel Macron and US secretary of commerce Wilbur Ross laid out conflicting arguments in the trade dispute between Europe and the United S(...)

Tax overhaul: the EU will argue that digitalised businesses such as Amazon, which has warehouses (above) across the continent, face an effective rate of 9.5 per cent. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty

The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has warned European leaders ahead of their summit discussions on Thursday that their tax systems a(...)

Corporation tax: Microsoft and other US tech firms told Michael Noonan that “keeping the current standard will make Ireland a more attractive location for a regional headquarters”. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Ireland is one of 40 countries that have not signed up to a tax reform that would change where multinational companies pay corporation tax on their pr(...)

Brexiteers are outraged after the OECD’s annual report on the UK forecast dire tidings for that economy if a disorderly Brexit becomes reality and suggested a U-turn on the issue could deliver an economic bounce.

Just one in four people affected by the tracker mortgage scandal have yet received any compensation, according to the latest Central Bank update. Fion(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan attributed current dynamics to “a lack of supply”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Michael Noonan has played down warnings about a new property bubble and the economy overheating because of housing construction, attributing current d(...)

President Donald Trump and French president Emmanuel Macron watch an flying squadron during the G7 Summit in Sicily,  on Friday. Photograph: Stephane De Sakutin/Reuters

The clench-jawed, white-knuckled handshake between Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron at the Nato summit in Brussels on Thursday was about more than pr(...)

 Irish hospital costs are 80 per cent higher than the EU average, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has estimated. File photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Costs in Irish hospitals are 80 per cent higher than the EU average, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has estimated, in an internal pap(...)

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