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The Irish Hospital Consultants Association say that if the Government does not remedy the pay problem Ireland will have lost, in another decade, most of a generation of the specialists that the country absolutely needs. Photograph: The Irish Times

Public hospital care will be irreparably damaged unless the Government ends the system of lower pay for recently appointed hospital specialists, the I(...)

Pascal Saint-Amans, OECD’s director for tax policy and administration in Dublin. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

EU countries could agree a new short-term digital sales tax to apply to many of the major tech firms before the end of the year, according to Pascal S(...)

The OECD said trade growth had slowed this year to around three per cent from five per cent in 2017 as tensions between the United States and its major trade partners weighed on confidence and investment. Photograph: ERIC PIERMONT/AFP/Getty Images

Global economic growth has peaked out in the face of rising trade frictions and emerging market turbulence, the OECD said on Thursday, trimming its ea(...)

Seamus Coffey, chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council: “We’ve seen a huge swing in our favour.”  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government enjoyed an unexpected €6 billion windfall between 2015 and 2018 courtesy of stronger-than-expected corporation tax receipts and a lower(...)

If the Government really is serious about having the best education system in Europe, it will need to back up its aspirational rhetoric with a far greater level of resources. Photo: iStock

The Government’s stated objective is to have the best education and training system in Europe by 2026. The latest OECD report on education shows just (...)

“We are seeing women come back to careers in their 50s, having reared their families. This is another untapped resource.” Photograph: iStock

The pension age is rising and it won’t be too long before people will have to wait until they are 68 before they can claim the State pension. Public-s(...)

The volatile nature of Ireland’s housing market is cause for caution

Are you feeling rich? New Central Bank figures this week showed Irish household wealth is, in total, higher than ever before. But this is yet another (...)

Ireland is in a tricky position as pressure grows for reform

Wednesday’s call by Jean-Claude Juncker for the end of unanimity in decision-making on tax matters at EU level is not the first time the European Comm(...)

The OECD’s report shows that in Ireland, there were 25 students in primary classes, the fifth highest in the 36-member OECD. Only the UK, Japan, Israel and Chile had slightly larger class sizes.

Ireland has the some of the largest school class sizes in the developed world, according to a major international education report. The OECD’s Educat(...)

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council said almost all small open economies in Europe, with the exception of the Republic, are running budget surpluses.

An “adverse shock” to the Irish economy from Brexit, Donald Trump’s protectionist trade policies or changes to the international tax environment is no(...)

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