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Irish Water: the obvious solution to funding shortfalls is metering but this is unlikely to happen for quite some time

The Environmental Protection Agency’s assessment of the Irish water system last week found that 1.1 million people in the State are served by treatmen(...)

They’re back: Shoppers in the Dundrum Town Centre on its first day of reopening after the Covid-19 lockdown. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

While foreign multinationals make a valuable contribution, the success of the Irish economy “now depends very heavily on the progress of domestic busi(...)

Changing legal systems to outlaw gender discrimination is just a starting point. Changing what happens on the ground is a much bigger challenge. Photograph: UIG via Getty Images

A recent World Bank study by Marie Hyland and colleagues has looked at the experience of legal discrimination against women around the globe. In many (...)

The Ireland team for the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France. Back Row (L-R) Nick Popplewell, Gary Halpin, Eric Elwood, David Corkery, Paddy Johns, Neil Francis, Gabriel Fulcher, Paul Wallace and Simon Geoghegan Front Row (L-R) Brendan Mullin, Darragh O’Mahony, Niall Hogan, Conor O’Shea and Jonathan Bell. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

On June 10th, 1995, 25 years ago this week, Ireland were beaten 36-12 by France in a Rugby World Cup quarter-final in King’s Park, Durban becoming the(...)

The emerging German tax proposal is very different from the 2011 one, responding to many problems identified with the original version. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall

Taxation remains a national – not a European Union – competency and, since joining the EU (EEC) in 1973, Ireland has consistently opposed harmonisatio(...)

A deserted Grafton Street during the coronavirus pandemic. Now, as continuing assistance to business will be required in the recovery period, a more fine-tuned approach is necessary

The Government has taken very extensive and expensive action to protect households from the immediate consequences of the coronavirus economic crisis.(...)

The big issue is not the money – it’s what we do with it. Photograph: Getty Images

Let’s begin with the most expensive cabbages in the world. They tell us something about the way in which the debate on the public finances after the c(...)

The exit from the Covid-19 crisis will give us some opportunities to start anew, but it also presents us with the age-old challenge that getting things to change in a time when there is less cash around is just a lot more difficult


Much of the new debt being issued by the Government will end up being bought by the ECB. File photograph: Yara Nardi/Reuters

In the current crisis, most economists have recommended that governments should borrow heavily to support their economies. This does not reflect a cha(...)

The Bath Pub in Ballsbridge is serving pints to local customers with a delivery service. Liam Tilly of Bath Avenue Gardens is pictured  accepting a pint from Brian O’Malley of The Bath. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw / The Irish Times

Some of the country’s biggest law firms have implemented pay cuts and decided against paying bonuses and profits to partners this year, as a response (...)

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