Announcing the Central Bank figures yesterday were  chief economist Gabriel Fagan (left) and deputy head of research Luca Onorante. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

A new batch of exchequer figures puts the Government in an exceptionally strong position as it prepares for Budget 2016 on Tuesday week. Although the(...)

Austrian activist Max Schrems: the case he brought is sensitive for Dublin because many US tech firms have European headquarters in Ireland. Photograph: Christian Bruna/AFP/Getty Images

The Government has urged the EU Commission and the US to quickly settle a new citizen data transfer deal. The intervention comes as Europe’s highest c(...)

The latest figures show tax receipts for the first nine months of 2015 totalled €31.6 million, €1.7 billion or 5.8 per cent ahead above profile and up €2.7 billion or 9.5 per cent on an annual basis.

The Government has received a further boost ahead of the forthcoming budget with the latest exchequer returns showing tax revenue still running ahead (...)

Increased spending marks a  greater acceptance of the narrative of recovery, even if many find they’re still not seeing it (or enough of it) in their own lives. Photograph: Tim Boyle/Getty Images

All signs point to a strong advance in consumer spending and consumption as activity picks up in the domestic sector of the economy. This is good news(...)

 Exchequer figures released on  Friday will show that tax payments in September beat the official target by more than €300 million. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A surge in tax receipts has bolstered the Government’s hand as it prepares for the final talks on Budget 2016 and confronts a huge health spending ove(...)

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy says the question of stability was foremost in the minds  business leaders. Photograph: Eric Luke

Business chiefs have expressed anxiety about the possible emergence of political instability if the looming general election fails to produce a decis(...)

Capital investment plan: Strategy outlined as domestic economy recovers. Photograph: Getty Images

The Government’s capital investment plan assumes the State will have the resources to invest €42 billion over the next six years. The main component i(...)

The Economic and Social Research Institute said it would be better to pass a “neutral budget”. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Economic and Social Research Institute has called on the Government to reverse its plan for a €1.2 billion to €1.5 billion package of tax cuts and(...)

One suggestion is that the scheme would be confined to properties priced in the region of €300,000. Photograph: Reuters

Builders would not be required to pay levies to local authorities when they construct starter homes in Dublin and some other parts of the country, und(...)

“Tax cuts and lower oil prices have increased consumer spending, and the weak euro has helped competitiveness, with exports benefitting”

The fourth quarter of the year looms and, with it, a new batch of economic forecasts. Ahead of the budget this day fortnight, a cascade of data is on (...)