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John Bermingham, (86), and Mary Long (83), who were married on Friday in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

Love will conquer all. Even Covid-19 and the Level 5 lockdown restrictions could not stop one Offaly couple from getting married more than 40 years af(...)

A street in Belfast: In its current form, the Northern Ireland economy would be exceptionally challenging to merge into any united Ireland. Photograph: Mark Marlow

For much of the first 50 years of independence, our Dáil parties and wider society cared more about the idea of a united Ireland than about the realit(...)

“We can’t have the backloading of emissions reductions to the second half of this decade.” Photograph: Getty Images

The scale of effort required to bring in Ireland’s first climate budget should not be underestimated if it is to be fit for purpose and begin a proce(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (right) and Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath outside Government Buildings in Dublin on Tuesday, budget day. Photograph: Julien Behal Photography/PA Wire

This week’s budget provided a huge “stimulus” to the economy of over €6 billion in additional expenditure, almost 2 per cent of GDP. However, the Depa(...)

Reducing transport emissions may be complicated by Brexit. A lot of “dirty” cars bought in the Republic come second-hand from the UK.

September saw big developments in climate policy: China committed to eliminate their greenhouse gas emissions by 2060 and the EU Commission published (...)

In its 2020 review the council stresses the urgency of “shifting from planning to action” if the country is to reduce emissions over the next decade, and get on track to achieve a net-zero emissions economy and society by 2050.  Photograph: iStock

“A radical shift in gear” is required if Ireland is to meet its 2030 climate targets, especially reductions in carbon emissions, according to the Clim(...)

The export sector has held up despite Covid-19.

Every quarter, when the Central Statistics Office publishes the latest national accounts figures, it is like getting a new Sudoku puzzle: it is left t(...)

Brexit developments may continue the political momentum towards a Border poll, but coronavirus means less cash and resources to pay the bills.

Like just about everything else in relation to a united Ireland, the economics is hotly contested. Much of the debate centres on support for Northern (...)

‘The dismal economic outturn has nothing to do with unwise behaviour by consumers or governments. It is due to the pandemic.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It has been clear since early in the current crisis that society and the economy will return to normal only when a vaccine has been developed and wide(...)

Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe – new president of the Eurogroup. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Paschal Donohoe’s appointment as head of the powerful Eurogroup for the next two and a half years puts the Republic at the centre of discussions on th(...)

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