Pat Ivory, Ibec’s director of EU and International Affairs, says there are key areas on which the union should focus. Photograph: Alan Betson

The EU needs to focus on unlocking the single market’s potential but should respect member state’s ability to manage their own tax and social affairs,(...)

Employees at the Hyundai Mobis  factory in  South Chungcheong, South Korea: the country has passed a Bill to reduce the typical working week. Photograph: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg/Getty

Employees in one of the most overworked countries in Asia are about to get a break after South Korea passed a Bill to reduce the typical working week (...)

Ireland scores well compared to the European Union 15 countries on education, though the number of young people not in employment, education or training “is a cause for concern” at about 15%. File photograph: Getty Images

Ireland is one of the “worst performers” on a range of social and environmental indicators compared with 15 similar EU countries, a study has revealed(...)

Jim Clerkin joined Co-operatoin Ireland when still working in Ireland in 1994 and founded a chapter on the US west coast in San Francisco three years later. Photograph:  Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet and Chandon

Jim Clerkin wants to put an organisation he heads out of business. The chief executive of Moët Hennessy North America chairs Co-operation Ireland US, (...)

 Donald Trump: no other US president has allied himself so closely to the stock market. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Until recently, it was hard to stop Donald Trump boasting about soaring stock prices. “We’re setting a record literally all the time,” he said last mo(...)

Jeff Bezos, Amazon chief executive, is joining forces with Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon to tackle quality affordable healthcare in the US. Photograph: Mike Kane/Bloomberg

When Amazon bought a big stake in drugstore.com in 1999, Jeff Bezos thought he could do for pharmaceuticals what he had done for books, stealing marke(...)

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(...)

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(...)

A homeless man sleeps outside the Custom House in Dublin: The “relatively large incidence of homelessness” reported by some countries  is partly explained by the fact those countries adopt a broad definition of the term. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s comment at the weekend that the State has a “low” level of homelessness compared to other countries looks on the surface to b(...)

Maria Valenzuela: Health worker in Phoenix, Arizona, US

Dr Khine Hay Mar was the only doctor at a hospital in Mese – a town in Myanmar, near the border with Thailand. During her time as the sole physician t(...)

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