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The State would likely see an increase in companies going out of business later this year, continuing into next year, Mr Varadkar said. Photograph: Julien Behal

Banks will need to show borrowers and businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic further leeway, the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and E(...)

The programme for government points towards a bigger role for the State in the housing market. Photograph:    Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

Negotiating a programme for government in the midst of a global pandemic was never going to be easy. The document that emerged contains important poli(...)

Positives from the pandemic: Máire Gilmartin of St Vincent's University Hospital in PPE; a climate protest near the Dáil; and traffic on the M50 in west Dublin. Photographs: Alan Betson

The crisis presents the country with huge threats. But it also shows us new ways forward – in health, housing, the public service, work and lifesty(...)

The traditional Keynesian approach is that the government needs to step in to fill a significant part of the gap caused by a collapsing economy – such as the situation caused by Covid-19. Image: iStock

The Government finances have been turned on their head by Covid-19. An expected surplus of taxes over spending of around €2.8 billion for this year is(...)

Accounts filed for the think tank show its director Alan Barrett earned a salary of €172,553 in 2018, marginally up on the previous year.

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) had an income €11.3 million last year while the number of staff earning over €100,000 rose from 12 t(...)

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy: he says  the “affordability gap” for housing will not be  bridged by the levelling off of prices  alone. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Institutional landlords have brought new housing supply on stream that otherwise would not have existed, according to a panel at the National Economic(...)

Marian Finucane: ‘But you’re not denying, are you, the consequences of global warming?’

A longtime fixture of weekend radio, the Sunday morning newspaper panel hosted by Marian Finucane (RTÉ Radio 1) is something of an institution. And li(...)

New RIA members (from left): Nobel Laureate John O’Keefe, Olivia O’Leary and Diarmaid Ferriter. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

The Royal Irish Academy (RIA) is to establish a new academy for Ireland’s leading young researchers in the sciences and humanities. It will provide (...)

The gathering heard that student career decisions are made on the basis, more or less, on what their mother tells them, not their father. File photograph: Getty Images

Mothers are the single biggest influence on students choosing their career options even though they may be out of touch with developments in work and (...)

Minister for Climate Action, Richard Bruton. Photograph: Tom Honan for The Irish Times.

Carbon tax will have to increase substantially – from €100 per person a year to €1,500 a year – if Ireland is to meet legally-binding targets on reduc(...)

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