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Irish are smiles ahead of Greeks in EU happy league

We have the fastest growing economy in Europe and there may be clear signs that the recovery is bedding in. To top that, it appears that we are among the happiest in Europe. After years of crisis, rising unemployment and […]

European stocks headed toward their highest level since 2000

European stocks headed toward their highest level since 2000 after the Federal Reserve said data indicated economic growth has moderated, fueling speculation it won’t be in a rush to raise interest rates. All 19 industry groups on the Stoxx Europe […]

One quarter of Irish workers paid below living wage

One-in-four Irish workers are earning less than the living wage threshold with female employees the worst affected, according to a study conducted by the Nevin Economic Research Institute. The report found that 345,000 employees are on less than €11.45 per […]

Europe takes aim at member states’ tax agreement with multinationals

Multinationals will no longer be able to avoid paying tax by playing one country off another, under new rules drafted by the European Commission. Every three months, EU countries will be compelled to send one another outlines of any special […]

Economic growth must be backed by balance and respect

A powerful and positive dynamic is underway in the economy. It offers the prospect of improving conditions for employees and citizens across the State but must be considered against the backdrop of our experience through the great global financial crisis […]

Euro prices remain stable

A sharp fall in the price of fuel and heating oil pulled down consumer prices in the eurozone as expected in February, but core inflation, which excludes the volatile energy component, edged higher, Eurostat data showed yesterday. Eurostat, the EU’s […]

Thousands to protest against austerity at ECB HQ

Thousands of people are expected to march in Frankfurt on Wednesday to protest against austerity policies they blame on the European Central Bank, as the ECB inaugurates its new high-rise headquarters. The gathering follows protests in Cyprus outside a meeting […]

Report missed scale of bank losses

A report on the health of the Irish banking system — commissioned by the financial regulator in 2008 and relied upon by taoiseach Brian Cowen to justify the bank guarantee — drastically underestimated the extent of losses that would be […]

Ireland to be ‘top earner’ from quantitive easing

Ireland stands to benefit more than any other nation from the ECB’s €1.1 trillion policy of quantitative easing, with hundreds of millions of euro potentially flowing through the economy by next year as a result. The country will be a […]

Mortgage drawdowns jump 48pc in 2014 to more than 22,000

The number of mortgages drawn down rose 48pc in 2014, to more than 22,000, according to a new report by the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI). BPFI economist Ali Ugur said there will need to be pick-up in home […]

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