Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin who has signed an order which will provide for pay increases for about 300,000 staff in the public service. Photograph: The Irish Times

(...) annually to stabilising public finances. “Now, thankfully, we are in a position to commence the(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. The key message from business to the political parties should thus be: “Don’t mess it up.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

(...) public finances – and the fiscal advisory council warned last week that this will not be easy. IBEC(...)

BTG Pactual investment bank chief executive André Esteves: federal prosecutors have accused him of attempting to obstruct their inquiry into corruption at Petrobras. Photograph: Cassimiro/AFP/Getty Images

(...) involving state-owned companies, Esteves was the public face of Brazil’s growing financial clout and(...)

Patrick Honohan, speaking on his last day as Governor of The Central Bank of Ireland .Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

(...) are trying to have it both ways as well, arguing that they are the ones to protect the public finances(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan:  Fine Gael’s manifesto must say how its spending and tax plans would be funded. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

(...) mainly technical assumptions and do not present a realistic picture of the public finances over the(...)

The watchdog barks

(...)-term projections for the economy “do not present a realistic picture” of the public finances. This, it warns, could(...)

(...) how the public finances were being managed. In September, before the budget, 14 per cent felt better(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan presenting Budget 2016: The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council says spending is rising too fast . Photograph: Eric Luke

(...) the public finances. And continuous upward revisions to spending are undermining the system of(...)

(...) improvement in the public finances, the simplest thing to do is not to phase these changes in, but to avoid(...)


(...) of tax revenue coming from the property boom could disappear overnight. The public finances had been(...)