OECD  predicted the Irish economy would continue expanding over the next two years, albeit at a “more sustainable pace”, forecasting growth of 2.9%  this year and 2.4%  next year. Photograph: Getty Images

The Republic has recovered strongly from the crash, but is “failing” when it comes to healthcare and “underperforming” in other key areas such as hous(...)

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Having left Ireland during the economic turmoil in 2010 to work in London I am now looking to return to Ireland. I have been approved for a mortgage i(...)

Kildinan Pre-school located on Miina Murphy’s family farm in Kildinan, Co Cork. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

It’s an old joke, with more than an element of truth, that a small child presented with some expensive toy finds longer-lasting pleasure playing with (...)

‘The physical classroom needs to be ripped out. It’s pointless changing the message when the interface has remained the same since Dickens’

Is the Leaving Cert fit for purpose for the 21st century? It’s a question being regularly asked against the backdrop of a world where the skills requi(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron has secured the presidency of the OECD ministerial Council for France for the first semester of 2018. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/EPA

French president Emmanuel Macron says that his proposal for a new revenue tax for US tech groups is not a threat to the Irish economy but aimed at cre(...)

From 65, Irish men and women can expect to live only about 60% of their remaining years of life free of disability, an EU report has warned.

Men and women in Ireland are living on average a remarkable five years more today than they were in 2000 (now, to 81.5 years). That’s just above(...)

The OECD is forecasting economic growth in the euro zone of 2.2% in 2018, slowing to 1.9% in 2019.

Raising interest rates before the end of the decade could threaten the long-sought after economic recovery in the euro zone, the Organisation for Econ(...)

Swiss minister for the economy Johann Schneider-Ammann  and Estonian finance minister Toomas Tõniste at an EU finance ministers’ meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: Yves Herman/ Reuters

The publication of the Paradise Papers will give an important impetus to EU plans to blacklist and act against states which persist in acting as tax h(...)

Franco-Irish alliance: Emmanuel Macron and Leo Varadkar at the Élysée Palace. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

When Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and President Emmanuel Macron met at the Élysée Palace this week they congratulated each other and themselves for taking o(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and  French president Emmanuel Macron  at the Élysée Palace in Paris. Photograph: Reuters/Philippe Wojazer

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has backed French president Emmanuel Macron’s proposal for Europe-wide “democratic conventions” on the future of the EU next ye(...)

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