Property bubble: OECD says Irish  authorities should stand ready to tighten prudential regulations if needed. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

A sharp rise in house prices and property-related lending has raised the prospect of another Irish housing bubble, the Organisation for Economic Co-o(...)

The US strategic petroleum reserves are the world’s biggest, standing at about 688 million barrels, a week’s worth of global oil demand. Photograph: Getty Images

Oil prices fell on Tuesday after US president Donald Trump proposed the sale of half the country’s strategic oil reserves, even as producer club Organ(...)

Airbus is in the midst of an upheaval after acknowledging discrepancies in past applications for British financial support to sell passenger jets. Photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Airbus has appointed an independent panel including two former ministers to examine its anti-corruption practices after Britain and France launched fr(...)

The OECD unemployment rate fell by 0.1 percentage point, to 6 per cent, in March 2017. (Photograph: Getty Images)

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) unemployment rate fell by 0.1 percentage point, to 6 per cent, in March 2017. Across(...)

Women who are mothers get paid about 3 per cent less per child than their female counterparts who are childfree. Photograph: iStock

First there was the gender pay gap; now there is also a tough financial penalty for becoming a mother – about 3 per cent of your hourly pay. Research(...)

A Department of Health report found cigarette consumption has declined over the past decade

People in the Republic are living longer, are less likely to die of coronary disease and cancer, and rank among the most fertile in Europe, trends for(...)

RTÉ’s announcement that it intends to outsource young people’s programming led to a series of “town hall” meetings at the Montrose headquarters

From the outsourcing of content at RTÉ, to the winding up of the Independent News & Media pension scheme and “unavoidable redundancies” at UTV Ire(...)

As a former smoker, Ellen is blamed for her illness by her doctor, her family and, now, by her colleagues.  But is this stigma really justified? Photograph: iStock

“I struggle most mornings to get up and about, though not in silence. My hacking cough would wake the dead. I try desperately to hide how hard it is f(...)

A shuttered steel mill in Pennsylvania, US. The rate of creation of new jobs has slowed markedly, as have rates of internal migration. Photograph: Getty

In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man rules. The US economy shows significant flaws. But it is a king when compared with its peers. It has re(...)

Teachers in Northern Ireland have urged parents to   “ask their local MLA why Stormont does not put a value on education”.  Photograph: Pacemaker Belfast

Hundreds of teachers have taken part in protests at schools across Northern Ireland over an “insulting” offer of a 1 per cent pay rise. Thirteen mon(...)

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