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(...)

A tree uprooted being removed due to hurricane Ophelia on Northbrook Road, Ranelagh, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

The man on the bus rose slowly from his seat and looked nervously around before sheepishly admitting to his fellow passengers: “I don’t know what a tr(...)

Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Developmenton, said: “What becomes more obvious day-by-day is that the Brexiteers are hooked on brinkmanship – and have been since the beginning”. File photograph: Alan Betson

Britain’s so-called Brexiteers are “hooked on brinkmanship” and their only approach is “the tough-guy approach”, Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan (...)

OECD secretary-general Angel Gurria shakes hands with  Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Phillip Hammond: any threat to the peace process in Northern Ireland from the introduction of a hard Border would damage UK economic growth. Photograph: Neil  Hall/EPA

Leaving the European Union with no new trade deal would hurt Britain’s long-term growth, push the pound to a new low and damage the country’s credit r(...)

Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD): group warns the UK economy is on track to be crippled by its EU divorce

A second referendum that reverses Brexit would have a “positive” and “significant” impact on the UK economy, which is on track to be crippled by its E(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe flanked by  PwC head of tax Joe Tynan and Irish Times managing director Liam Kavanagh at The Irish Times/PwC Tax Summit. Photograph:   Nick Bradshaw

Ireland’s personal tax code, as it stands, is neither economically efficient for the country nor fair for society, Minister for Finance Paschal Donoho(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said Ireland is opposed to what it sees as proposals which undermine its corporate tax system. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

EU finance ministers have agreed to step up technical work on harmonising the taxation of the giant digital companies with a view to debating “possibl(...)

A new OECD report  says “a relatively large share of the Irish population” has attained tertiary, or third-level education. Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

Ireland has one of the highest completion rates of upper second-level education, according to the latest OECD report. Ireland has the third highest (...)

 Angolan businesswoman Isabel dos Santos,  daughter of outgoing Angolan president Jose Eduardo dos Santos, and her husband Sindika Dokolo. Dos Santos has acquired big stakes in Portugal’s banks and other businesses. Photograph: Fernando Veludo/AFP/Getty Images

How the roles have reversed: The coloniser, some Portuguese contend, has been colonised. On the Portuguese coast of Cascais, where the nation’s royal (...)

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