Often, academic research unintentionally leads to a viable business. Photograph: iStock

Research and development is the pathway for businesses to expand and grow, but it can be an expensive and difficult process, with no guarantee of succ(...)

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau / PA

DUP leader Arlene Foster resorted to familiar tactics this week as she dismissed a chorus of calls for the UK to abandon plans to exit the EU without (...)

Ireland is a key location for multinational investment: it is not in a position to object to OECD reform. Photograph: Reuters

Alongside Brexit, international tax reform looks set to be the big economic theme of the Autumn. The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Develo(...)

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg leaves the Merrion Hotel after meeting the Oireachtas Communications Committee. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

Ireland’s love affair with multinational investment has deepened in recent years. As major investment from long-standing players like Intel and the ph(...)

Labour productivity typically measures the value of work done in an economy over time

Labour productivity in the Republic has been growing at three times the EU rate since 2000, new figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show.(...)

Yukpa indigenous children, some of them suffering from malnutrition, are fed with supplements provided by the Caritas organisation, at Los Angeles del Tukuko mission, near Machiques, Zulia state, Venezuela earlier this month. Photograph: Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images

The gradual progress the world has made in reducing hunger and malnutrition since the turn of the century has been a powerful illustration of the valu(...)

Annual UK productivity growth has averaged  0.5%  since the recovery compared to  over 2%  in the year prior to 2008, leaving Britain lagging behind most of its G7 peers. Photograph:  PA Wire

Besides Brexit one of the big issues facing the UK economy is productivity. It has all but flatlined since the financial crisis a decade ago, depressi(...)

Fergal O’Brien of Ibec says Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, above,  should cut capital gains tax to 12.5 per cent   in order to help entrepreneurs and to lure investment to indigenous companies. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Employers say Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe should slash capital gains tax in October’s budget to boost the Republic’s lagging homegrown indust(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe updated the Oireachtas finance committee on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe wouldn’t be drawn on instances of Irish companies booking profits abroad and paying little or no tax but he did f(...)

Spain and Italy were the two European countries with the highest unemployment rate in April, at 13.8 per cent and 10.2 per cent respectively.

Unemployment in 36 of the world’s economies fell to 5.2 per cent in April, a lower rate than at the height of the previous economic boom. The unempl(...)

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