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The Irish corporation tax regime has received much recent publicity – most of it not benign. This raises the question of what the purpose of the corpo(...)

One analysis would suggest that we are happy because Irish glasses are always on the way to being full. Photograph: PA

An apparent conundrum of our continuing economic chassis is the consistent returning of opinion poll figures in which Irish people report continuing h(...)

 “Irish people have an upward bias in their responses [and] so always profess higher satisfaction and well-being than other nations. Whether this reflects the reality is another issue,” says  Prof Richard Layte of the ESRI.  Photograph: Davd Sleator

It has been one of the paradoxes of the economic collapse that Irish people continue to report high levels of life satisfaction at odds with the narra(...)

European firms are downbeat on profit and revenue growth in China because of rising labour costs and regulatory barriers, the European Union Chamber o(...)

The number of acute care hospital beds in Ireland at 2.3 per 1,000 is well below the OECD average. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland has 50 per cent more nurses per head of population than the OECD average, according to new figures. In 2010, Ireland had an average of 13.1 nu(...)

The Government has been accused of “sleepwalking”through false and destructive claims about the country’s tax code.Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary describ(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: his plan to ensure that budgetary discipline continues until 2020 has provoked a predictable clamour from “anti-austerity” campaigners. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Michael Noonan’s plan to put structures in place to ensure that budgetary discipline continues until 2020 has provoked a predictable clamour from “ant(...)

Italy’s jobless rate reached a 36- year high in April as companies did not hire staff amid pessimism about the outlook of an economy that’s probably i(...)

Holland’s byzantine network of tax treaties has led to some 23,000 shell companies setting up in the country

There was a sharp intake of breath in The Hague at the end of March when a senior executive of Starbucks told a British parliamentary inquiry he could(...)

“The distribution of national income, between wages on one side and profits and rents on the other, was of major interest to classical economists.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Workers’ share of national income has been in decline in most countries for more than three decades, but the decline has been concealed by growth. Thi(...)

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