“Heroin is a semi-synthetic opiate synthesised from morphine, and is the most prevalent illicit opioid worldwide.”  Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland has been named as one of six countries which have experience a significant rise in the level of opioid-related deaths. A report, Addressing (...)

14 per cent of jobs currently held by humans could soon be managed by robots. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

The robots are coming for our jobs, but not everyone’s. According to a report by UK’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), waiters and shelf stackers(...)

The OECD findings tally with recent polls here, suggesting much of the electorate was unhappy with public-services related to housing and health. Photograph: Alan Betson

The majority of Irish people believe the Government should make housing more affordable even if it means raising taxes, a survey by the Organisation f(...)

The OECD published figures  which show public social spending-to-GDP ratios are now highest in France at just over 30 per cent of GDP

Ireland has seen one of the sharpest falls in spending on income supports, including unemployment payments and family cash benefits, among OECD countr(...)

Protesters wearing Pikachu hats take part in a Women’s Gilets Jaunes protest in front of the Eiffel Tower on January 20th. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Though it started as a protest over fuel taxes, the still simmering ‘Gilets Jaunes’ revolt in France quickly morphed into anger over income inequality(...)

French finance minister Bruno Le Maire proposed a compromise to secure agreement for an EU-wide digital sales tax. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images

Germany’s finance minister, Olaf Scholz, had long conveyed reservations about the European Commission’s proposed directive for a digital sales tax (DS(...)

Google is seen as key target of the digital tax proposal. Photograph: PA

France’s push for an EU-wide digital tax targeting the likes of Apple and Google has hit another potential stumbling block after Brussels lawyers ques(...)

Unions have asked the Dutch government to mediate between unions and the Swedish furniture retailer. Photograph: Reuters

Unions accused furniture retailer Ikea on Thursday of undermining workers’ rights in the Republic, the US and Portugal, and asked the Dutch government(...)

The European commission proposed a 3 per cent tax on revenues in March from Apple, Facebook, Google and other companies. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Austria is stepping up plans for an EU-wide digital tax on big tech companies such as Apple and Google, despite opposition from within the bloc. Hart(...)

Mario Draghi was appearing before the committee as chairman of the European Systemic Risk Board.

European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi has linked the current spike in Irish property prices to “the search for yield by international investors”. (...)

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