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Irish health spending is contracting at a faster rate than any other country except Greece, having grown at record levels during the boom, new figu(...)

  Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy questioned  whether the main focus of industry efforts should be on looking at the best way to wind down defined benefit pension schemes.  Photograph: Alan Betson

“Malign neglect” by the State is jeopardising not only the pension rights of workers but also the very survival of companies, Ibec chief executive Dan(...)

The proportion of public expenditure on education fell by more than 40 per cent in the decade between 2000 and 2010, according to statistics published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Photograph: David Sleator

The proportion of public expenditure on education fell fell from 13.7 per cent to 9.7 per cent in the decade between 2000 and 2010 according to stati(...)

Mohammad Abu Alkhouu and his mother, Rajae Moawi (holding camera), at last month’s citizenship ceremony in Convention Centre Dublin, in which Irish citizenship was conferred upon 2,700 people. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Irish attitudes to immigration have worsened since the recession, with almost 20 per cent of people saying they are against any immigrants from differ(...)

Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi has been sentenced to seven years in prison for paying an underage teen for sex during his “bunga bunga”parties near Milan in 2010. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

In a sensational ruling, former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi this afternoon in Milan received a life-long ban from public office and a sev(...)

Taoiseach  Enda Kenny  and International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde after a G8 summit group photograph at Lough Erne, Enniskillen, yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Andrew Winning

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he took the opportunity at a working lunch with the G8 leaders to account for Ireland’s position on corporate taxation. He a(...)

Protesters in Athen. Since the Greeks want to remain inside the eurozone, they have to bear the resultant pain.

Two and a half thousand years ago, Greece shaped the western mind. More recently, it shaped the response to the financial crisis. Greece suffered a ca(...)

Pension trustees have seen their deficits widen in recent years, mainly owing to circumstances outside their control. Apart from retirees living longer, a low interest rate environment has the effect of increasing the present value of future liabilities. Falling stock markets have not helped either.

The discord between Ryanair and Aer Lingus is the latest in a series of problems facing large companies to focus shareholders on the growing pension d(...)

Members from the IF campaign wear masks representing world leaders dressed as chefs, outside the City Hall, Belfast on Saturday. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The amount of money the world’s richest countries give to developing nations fell by $2.9 billion between 2011 and 2012. The G8 countries reduced thei(...)

After three years of decline up to 2010, international flows of migrants have since rebounded, according to a new report on migration trends published(...)

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