Like many of our Member States, Ireland has undoubtedly faced very serious challenges in recent years. The toll of the crisis has been heavy on the Irish economy. But in the past four years, with steady leadership, rigorous policies and remarkable efforts by the Irish people, Ireland has turned the situation around.
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This report on seeks to provide guidance on the design and delivery of a Youth Guarantee in Ireland based on the experience of other countries in designing guarantees or other comprehensive policy packages to help youth find productive and rewarding employment.
Ireland should increase its resources to detect and investigate foreign bribery more efficiently. Resources have, in recent years, been largely devoted to investigating non-bribery cases in the financial sector. Ireland has not prosecuted a foreign bribery case in the twelve years since its foreign bribery offence came into force, and law enforcement has taken few proactive steps to investigate allegations.
Ireland leaves the three-year EU/IMF programme of assistance today Monday. Our economy is growing, our finances have stabilised and unemployment is coming down. Our strategy is working in Ireland, and our people are getting back to work.
Irish youth was hit hard by the crisis. New labour-market policy initiatives have been introduced recently, but more will be needed to limit scarring effects and keep youth connected so that they can get back to work as soon as the recovery strengthens.
Individual country notes assessing how regions and cities contribute to national growth and the well-being of society.
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Old-age poverty is relatively low and publicly-provided services contribute substantially to maintain adequate living standards of the elderly.Pension replacement rates for future retirees are among the lowest in the OECD, so additional private savings will be necessary to fill the retirement savings gap...
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Ireland continues to make substantive headway in improving health outcomes, but more can be done in reducing risk-factors for major diseases and improving value-for-money in health spending, according to a new OECD report.
With sound framework conditions, fine universities, good infrastructure and policies friendly towards foreign direct investment, Ireland scores high in international innovation scoreboards. Overall, policies to boost innovation and entrepreneurship are on the right track, but investment in knowledge-based capital could be made a more dynamic source of growth and jobs.
These country notes contain indicators which compare the political and institutional frameworks of national governments as well as revenues and expenditures, employment, and compensation. They include a description of government policies on integrity, e-government and open government.