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While housing output is beginning to pick up, it could be another four or five years before supply and demand come into balance. Photograph: Getty Images

When I first worked in the 1970s on forecasting the Irish economy we relied on a small number of CSO series, especially on trade, industrial output an(...)

Dollymount, Dublin. Throughout Ireland, extreme weather has brought more frequent and severe storms, increased flooding, droughts and wildfires, with all their negative consequences. File photograph: Eric Luke

Since the collapse of the Roman Empire a millennium and a half ago, much time and research has gone into trying to understand its causes. Many explana(...)

 Work  at the national children’s hospital  site at St James’s Hospital, Dublin. While its  cash cost  is heading for €2bn, a hidden cost is the effect on the economy’s output of raising the revenue to pay for it. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

EU structural funds have played a key role in facilitating investment in Ireland’s modern physical infrastructure and human capital. Over the 1990s th(...)

 The installation of  broadband in rural Ireland has proved to be a political hot potato. File photo: Michael Smith/Getty

Former minister for communications Denis Naughten warned if the proposed National Broadband Plan falters between now and the signing of the contract h(...)

Paschal Donohoe: tricky decisions ahead. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The current account of the balance of payments is a key indicator of the state of the economy, and a deterioration is an important signal of likely tr(...)

Dublin food group Fallon & Byrne has hired Goodbody stockbrokers to raise about €6 million of fresh capital to fund a major expansion plan

The high-profile Dublin food group Fallon & Byrne, which has annual sales of about €15 million and employs about 350 staff, is seeking out investo(...)

The notion of John Hume’s “agreed Ireland” wasn’t just an aspirational soundbite, but was being practised at political level, and was feeding into the more optimistic public mood. The future seemed to look neither hard green nor orange, but a lighter mix of the two. Photograph: Getty Images

Brexit has unleashed many demons in Northern Ireland, and on the island generally. It has shaken social, political and economic structures, and raised(...)

Statkraft’s plan includes   a wind farm about 30km off the Dublin coast that could generate enough electricity to power about 500,000 homes

One of Europe’s biggest renewable energy producers may invest ¤1.5bn in electricity generators in Republic, including a wind farm about 30km off the D(...)

‘Our babysitting club was a great way to build community and make friends on our estate.’ File photograph: Getty Images

Having relied for many years on grandparents, siblings, nephews and nieces to babysit our own children, we now, happily, find ourselves as grandparent(...)

TK Whitaker at a press conference in Dublin in April 1975. Whitaker helped establish the ESRI.   Photograph: Tommy Collins/The Irish Times

In his history of modern Ireland, published in 1989, Joe Lee commented unfavourably on Ireland’s economics profession in the 1950s and 1960s. Lee’s cr(...)

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