Yukpa indigenous children, some of them suffering from malnutrition, are fed with supplements provided by the Caritas organisation, at Los Angeles del Tukuko mission, near Machiques, Zulia state, Venezuela earlier this month. Photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

The gradual progress the world has made in reducing hunger and malnutrition since the turn of the century has been a powerful illustration of the valu(...)

Annual UK productivity growth has averaged  0.5%  since the recovery compared to  over 2%  in the year prior to 2008, leaving Britain lagging behind most of its G7 peers. Photograph:  PA Wire

Besides Brexit one of the big issues facing the UK economy is productivity. It has all but flatlined since the financial crisis a decade ago, depressi(...)

Fergal O’Brien of Ibec says Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, above,  should cut capital gains tax to 12.5 per cent   in order to help entrepreneurs and to lure investment to indigenous companies. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Employers say Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe should slash capital gains tax in October’s budget to boost the Republic’s lagging homegrown indust(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe updated the Oireachtas finance committee on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe wouldn’t be drawn on instances of Irish companies booking profits abroad and paying little or no tax but he did f(...)

Spain and Italy were the two European countries with the highest unemployment rate in April, at 13.8 per cent and 10.2 per cent respectively.

Unemployment in 36 of the world’s economies fell to 5.2 per cent in April, a lower rate than at the height of the previous economic boom. The unempl(...)

Gabriel Makhlouf ‘believes that at all times he acted in good faith’. Photograph: Vivek Prakash/Bloomberg via Getty

A fresh investigation is to be held in New Zealand into charges that top official Gabriel Makhlouf, who is to be Ireland’s next Central Bank governor,(...)

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe. He has  warned that he would oppose any measure which limits the legitimate use of tax competition to attract foreign investment to Ireland

Ireland’s ability to attract foreign investment using its 12.5 per cent corporate tax rate could be undermined by new proposals which will now be disc(...)

In a major speech to the  Irish Tax Institute/Harvard Kennedy Centre tax conference in Dublin, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe expressed serious reservations over proposals by some countries to introduce a minimum effective corporate tax rate. Photograph: Alan Betson

Changes in global corporation tax are on the way and this will bring challenges for Ireland, according to Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Irel(...)

The figures show nearly 44%  of Irish households owned their properties outright, while 27%  owned their homes with the aid of a mortgage. Photograph: iStock

More than €750 million worth of mortgages were approved in February, according to new figures from Banking and Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI), wi(...)

The figures showed nearly 44 per cent of Irish households owned their properties outright while 27 per cent owned their homes with the aid of a mortgage. Photograph: iStock

Contrary to perceptions, the rate of home ownership in the Republic corresponds very closely to the international average, a study by the Organisation(...)

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