Bad week: Martha Ruiz (left) and Brian Cullinan (right), the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) partners overseeing the Oscar ballots. Photograph: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

In numbers: Winning streak 25 Years since Australia was last in recession. (Charlie Haughey was Taoiseach at the time.) Its economy contracted in th(...)

 ‘La La Land’ producer Jordan Horowitz and US actor Warren Beatty reveal the best picture mix-up at this year’s  Oscars  in Hollywood, the US. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

Warren Beatty has urged the organisers of the Oscars to “publicly clarify” the reasons for the envelope mix-up which led to the highest-profile fiasco(...)

‘La La Land’ producer Jordan Horowitz (L) shows the card reading Best Film ‘Moonlight” next to US actor Warren Beatty after the latter mistakingly read ‘La La Land’. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty

The spotlight has been shone on those responsible for the counting and handing out of the winners at the Oscars following the spectacular blunder that(...)

Minister for Justice and Equality Frances Fitzgerald: the best way out of poverty is having a job. Photograph: Eric Luke

Profits in the retail and hospitality sectors have risen to more than 40 per cent above pre-crash levels while the gender pay gap has widened, the Dá(...)

The results cap a week of turbulence for BT. Photograph: PA Wire

BT reported a sharp drop in third-quarter profit, as an accounting scandal in Italy forced a write-down, muting gains in the company’s consumer and mo(...)

Over time, more and more, mainly US, firms - including Lone Star, Cerberus, CarVal and Davidson Kempner - descended on Ireland’s shores. They’re often dubbed “vulture funds” for feeding off the types of soured assets that most other types of investors would run a mile from. File photograph: Getty Images

Overseas private equity firms and hedge funds began to smell blood in 2010 as the shutters were pulled down on Bank of Scotland (Ireland) and the Stat(...)

Reaching out: Barack Obama meets with Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Large numbers of US companies will leave Ireland and relocate to the US to take advantage of a new corporate tax regime which the new presidency will(...)

Tax-free salaries are one of the biggest incentives for Irish people to work in the Gulf region. In most states, if you earn €100,000 you keep €100,000, compared to just €58,869 after tax as a single person in Ireland.

 The good news is that if you move to Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates or Oman, you won’t have to pay any taxes on your income. Yes, you(...)

A gauge of expectations for the next 12 months returned to positive territory in September, the PricewaterhouseCoopers survey found. Photograph: iStock

British consumer confidence has rebounded since the Brexit vote, despite the impending squeeze on household budgets from rising prices, a Pricewaterh(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: The Finance Bill, published on Thursday, confirmed that a 20 per cent withholding tax will apply next year to certain property distributions from Irish funds to overseas investors. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The State must redouble efforts to win finance business post-Brexit, after the Finance Bill showed the vast majority of IFSC activities are exempt fr(...)

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