Traffic on the  M50.  The ESRI warned that the current pattern of development was likely to place further pressure on housing in Dublin  and increase the incidence of long-distance commuting, with a knock-on effect on traffic volumes. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland’s economy is increasingly being sucked into Dublin at the expense of other regions, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has warn(...)

Martin McGuinness. The late former  deputy first minister of Northern Ireland campaigned to avoid Brexit. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

In one of his last acts as a politician, Martin McGuinness resigned as deputy first minister of Northern Ireland in January, resulting in the subseque(...)

Reunification costs: Britain might argue that Northern Ireland has been responsible for a disproportionate share of UK debt, and would therefore push for a larger share of this liability to be transferred to a united Ireland. File image: Getty

With the British government opting for a hard Brexit, it would appear that the only way Northern Ireland and Scotland can stay part of the EU single m(...)

Leaving: Theresa May (left) and Angela Merkel –  May was warned by  business leaders at the CBI conference about the risk of a “cliff edge” as the UK leaves the EU. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

So this is what Brexit might look like. In a working paper just published, two ESRI researchers have, for the first time, looked in detail at what the(...)

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said visitors to the island of Ireland had no real perception of a border and freedom of movement North and South is critical, particularly to the North American market. File photograph.

The prospect of a hard Border between Northern Ireland and the Republic is “anathema” to the tourism sector, a committee examining the potential impac(...)

Northern Ireland’s hopes of attracting more companies to invest in the North by introducing a new, lower rate of corporation tax in 2018 “would be rev(...)

Brexit could have a huge impact on Northern Ireland’s tourism industry, says the report by economist Paul MacFlynn. Photograph: Derek Cullen

Brexit represents a “disproportionate risk for Northern Ireland in the short to medium term” as the North is likely to be the region “most affected” b(...)

David Cameron is leading the line for the pro-EU side, but the vote is looking too close to call. Photograph: Getty Images

The decision Britain will make in June about whether to stay in the EU may be affected by the prevailing political climate rather than the merits of s(...)

The return of the commuter?

It was the lure of cheaper property prices in counties far-distant from Dublin during the boom years that drove so many people to purchase houses in n(...)

Property market trends could revive the ‘unsustainable’ boom-era practice of long-distance commuting between Dublin and its hinterland, a new ESRI report has warned. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Property market trends could revive the “unsustainable” boom-era practice of long-distance commuting between Dublin and its hinterland, a new report h(...)

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