Dan O Brien

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Committee member Richard Boyd Barrett contested Mr Saint-Amans’s view that Ireland was not a tax haven

Ireland is emphatically not a tax haven, according to the head of the tax division of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. The c(...)

Property prices in June registered their highest monthly increase since the housing market crashed more than half a decade ago, new data from the Cent(...)

Donegal  construction workers photographed in 1910. The Catholic church was the main provider of ‘superior schools’ at the time, and its priority was to educate future clergy.

In this column last week, Dan O’Brien turned to history in an effort to explain why Ireland is not a nation of great entrepreneurs. He highlighted the(...)

SCENARIO 1: RECOVERY Under the best ESRI scenario growth in gross national product will reach 3.6 per cent a year in the second half of the decade as (...)

Prof John FitzGerald of the ESRI noted that as education levels are much higher now than in the 1980s and 1990s, the last time unemployment was high, joblessness should fall more quickly when recovery kicks in. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Economic and Social Research Institute has this morning called on the Government to go ahead with the planned €3.1 billion in spending cuts and(...)

From left: Kevin Timoney, Thomas Conefrey and John FitzGerald, authors  of the Economic and Social Research Institute’s medium-term review. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Economic and Social Research Institute is a fine body of people. It produces a great deal of informative studies and analyses on matters that affe(...)

As we pass the half-way point in the year, how has our economy performed in the first six months of 2013 and what are its prospects for the remainder (...)

Cyprus’s president, Nicos Anastasiades, talks to Taoiseach Enda Kenny during the recent EU summit in Brussels, at which youth unemployment was top of the agenda. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

The young – always and everywhere – suffer most when jobs markets turn down. Those out of work find it harder to get work owing to their limited exper(...)

Economic growth is now looking weaker than  had been expected when plans for   Budget 2013 were drawn up. Photograph: Eric Luke

Every three months, number crunchers at the Department of Finance brief the media and other interested parties on their monthly exchequer numbers. Fol(...)

Gross domestic product, the widest measure of economic activity, contracted by 0.6 per cent between January and March, compared to the previous three-month period on a seasonally adjusted basis.

Hopes for recovery in the economy in the second half of this year received a serious setback yesterday when new figures from the Central Statistics O(...)

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