Water charges were ‘the last straw’ for some people after several austerity budgets, UCD report notes.

The Government’s framing of water charges as an economic issue contributed to the failure of the charging regime, according to a new report by UCD aca(...)

An Irish Water meter being installed.  “A sense of trying to achieve too much too soon is suggested by  by the approach to the overall water sector reform programme,” said Mr O’Leary.

Government policy on property tax succeeded where water charges failed because a “too much, too soon” approach was taken to the latter, economist Jim (...)

Paschal Donohoe at Government Buildings prior to his Budget 2018 speech. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has announced increased spending of €1.2 billion in Budget 2018 which will fund developments in the housing and h(...)

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The British general election result has done little to assuage Irish fears for industry here post-Brexit but with a booming Stem (science, technology,(...)

Niall Greene of Salmon Watch Ireland: there is general consensus that the impact of those factors over which man has some direct influence should be addressed with “some urgency”. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Ten years after Ireland banned driftnetting for salmon at sea, the controversial measure has proved to be a failure. The Atlantic wild salmon is in a(...)

Traffic disruption on the M7 motorway. Increase in car ownership and commuting during the boom  was highest in the greater Dublin area. Photograph: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

Higher income levels among those employed in the greater Dublin area do not compensate for the cost of commuting, a study by NUI Galway (NUIG) has fou(...)

Michael D Higgins cuts a tape to launch the Picture Palace cinema at Lower Merchants Road in Galway in July 2009. Included in the photograph is Lelia Doolan. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Heather Humphreys has defended her decision to commit further public funding to a proposed arthouse cinema in Galway. The Minister for Arts said yes(...)

Irish universities and institutes of technology (ITs) are upping their game in the race to commercialise research. The job of straddling academ(...)

 “Irish people have an upward bias in their responses [and] so always profess higher satisfaction and well-being than other nations. Whether this reflects the reality is another issue,” says  Prof Richard Layte of the ESRI.  Photograph: Davd Sleator

It has been one of the paradoxes of the economic collapse that Irish people continue to report high levels of life satisfaction at odds with the narra(...)