Director Robert Zemeckis. Photograph: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Robert Zemeckis chuckles. “I’ve been asked that question by just about every journalist I’ve met.” Not for the first time– not even for the first tim(...)

Taxing matters: We pay a relatively high amount of income tax but a low amount of social security contributions by international standards. Photograph: iStock

The Republic is the third lowest taxed economy in the industrialised world, according to new figures from the OECD. Of the 37 countries examined in th(...)

Hector Hernandez, in July, a few days before the operation that removed a 77lb tumour from his abdomen, and (right), a couple of weeks after the surgery.

For months, Hector Hernandez didn’t understand why his stomach had gotten so big. “I just thought I was fat,” said the 47-year-old. “I’ve always been (...)

A woman has told of how an ovarian cyst weighing 26kg (4st or 57lb) was removed from her body after doctors insisted at first that she must be pregnan(...)

Dublin is by far the biggest source of revenue for the State. In total, €22bn in tax was raised in Dublin in 2017. This represents 56% of the State’s total tax take, despite having only an estimated 38% of the country’s population. Photograph: iStock

Capital Ideas is a series of 10 proposals on ways to improve Dublin city’s infrastructure, economy, services and the daily life of its citizens. Read (...)

Leo Varadkar:  “An element of anti-Traveller sentiment” behind at least  some of the vote received by Peter Casey.  Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Fine Gael could have achieved greater success if it had a majority Government, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has suggested. Mr Varadkar’s remarks came at Du(...)

Ann O’Donnell’s debut novel , writing as Jax Miller, Freedom’s Child was published in 2015 by UK publisher HarperFiction.

The High Court has wound up the company which provides the services of writer Ann O’Donnell, whose pen name is Jax Miller, over failure to pay a Reven(...)

Halloween: Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter’s 1978 film

John Carpenter had only shot and scored two semi-obscure features when the film producer Irwin Yablans came to him with a proposal: make a low-budget (...)

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe takes questions about Budget 2019. Photograph: Sam Boal/

A single person earning €75,000 a year will gain 10 times as much as a single person earning €25,000, as a result of tax changes in Budget 2019, accor(...)

Financial data analysis graph showing market trends over one hundred Euro bill on a digital display. Selective focus. Horizontal composition with copy space. Photograph: iStock

The absence of significant tax cuts from yesterday’s Budget will have come as no surprise but the Minister could have gone further in some key areas, (...)

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