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A finding that men and women in the Republic are living on average five years more today than they were in 2000 is good news indeed. Largely driven by(...)

The EU published a tax haven blacklist on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

It was certainly an improvement on the list recently published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which featured only one (...)

Family with children riding husky dogs sledge in Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland

To many, the Nordic countries have come to represent a near-mythical paradise of gender equality and family harmony, where legions of happy fathers pu(...)

Irish ten year olds are now the best at reading in Europe and among the top-performers in the world. Photo: iStock

Every five years, more than 300,000 fourth class pupils are assessed in their reading skills across 50 countries. It is the world’s largest comparati(...)

Pierre Moscovici, EU commissioner for economic and financial affairs, taxation and customs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

More than two dozen countries face being named on a European tax-haven blacklist as the EU moves to crack down on aggressive avoidance. The draft lis(...)

From 65, Irish men and women can expect to live only about 60% of their remaining years of life free of disability, an EU report has warned.

Men and women in Ireland are living on average a remarkable five years more today than they were in 2000 (now, to 81.5 years). That’s just above(...)

Paschal Donohoe: will be closely watching Tuesday’s meeting of euro zone finance ministers in Brussels. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Proposals to introduce a tax fiercely opposed by Ireland will be discussed by European finance ministers meeting in Brussels next week. Tuesday’s mee(...)

If we don’t have the requisite number of qualified Stem teachers in the system, this will have a knock-on impact on  Stem graduates at third level. Photo: iStock

Writing in The Irish Times a year ago, I cautioned that “if we continue to undervalue the role of teachers and to provide an inadequate model of fundi(...)

Unions have strongly criticised the current two-tier pay structure which has seen those recruited since 2011 paid less than those in place prior to that date.

There has been a collapse in the number of people applying to study for qualifications to become second level teachers due to pay inequality, educatio(...)

The Bank of England released results of latest, and toughest,  stress tests on Britain’s banks. Photograph: EPA

What would a disorderly Brexit look like? The Bank of England is not alone in being unable to say, although with masterful understatement yesterday go(...)

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