We’re living longer and are likely to continue to do so and bond yields are at historic lows which means the cost of providing pensions is higher than it has ever been.

Ireland’s pension system may be delivering for the current generation of retirees but the outlook in the absence of major reform is bleak, if t(...)

IMF managing director Christine Lagarde with Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  at a press conference  at Government Buildings earlier this month. The  fund has approved the disbursement of ¤970 million in the latest tranche of financial support on the successful conclusion of its ninth review of the Government’s performance in delivering on its commitments under the bailout programme.   Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

Ireland must accelerate resolution of its mortgage debt problem and deliver on the commitments in Budget 2013, most particularly on health spen(...)