Italian premier Giuseppe Conte (right) and labour minister Luigi Di Maio  ahead of a confidence vote on the government’s programme  on  June 6th, 2018.  Photograph: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

Frankfurt’s European Central Bank doesn’t do forgiveness. Like the corner shops of old, there should be a sign up in the lobby: “Please don’t ask for (...)

The National Competitiveness Council says the State “remains an expensive location” in which to do business. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The State remains an “expensive location” in which to do business, with high consumer prices, climbing rents and the absence of affordable childcare t(...)

European semester 2018: EU vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis and commissioners Marianne Thyssen and Pierre Moscovici at the launch of the spring package. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

Ireland is vulnerable to “macroeconomic imbalances” despite substantial improvements in its economic performance, the European Commission has warned. (...)

According to the Health Research Board, Ireland has the fourth-highest level of alcohol consumption in the OECD region. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is to hold up Ireland’s alcohol consumption policies as an exemplar for other developed countries. B(...)

Forty per cent of respondents to Fujitsu’s survey were troubled by the phenomenon of “social anxiety and the role technology plays in promoting a more reclusive and less social lifestyle”.

In an era where technology is bringing us closer to driverless cars and robot servants, the majority of Irish people still feel a little uncomfortable(...)

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(...)

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