In a way, the parties have been given a free pass to engage in giveaway electioneering by a new concept, given a horrific name which sounds like a Star Trek episode – “the fiscal space”.

It’s like we never had an economic crisis and we are back in the Bertie Ahern days of the late 1990s and early 2000s, when elections were fought on ho(...)

This move from membership of the group with good wine and good weather, to the gang with good beers and bad weather is not some money market irrelevance.

Are we really ready to be boring, prudent northern Europeans? It may have passed you by but this week Ireland borrowed money for 10 years on the inter(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin: they will present new figures before the weekly Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Government is to revise down its borrowing target for this year in the light of exchequer returns for 2015, to be published today, which will show(...)

Isme chief executive Mark Fielding: indicators for current and future sales in an Isme survey are at their highest level in eight years. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The economy has been in what Ibec has called a “sweet spot” over the past year or more – and the SME sector seems to be finally reaping some gains. N(...)

Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance: he announced  he would reform the tax appeals process in Budget 2014. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A major shake-up of the system for appealing against Revenue Commissioners’ decisions is to take place, after the President signed new legislation on (...)

Primary care centres are a key part of the national healthcare plan, designed to move more services out of hospitals and into the community

Members of the economics professions have been known to argue that part of the reason Ireland got into such a mess was the lack of economic analysis i(...)

Sir Anthony O’Reilly (right) with his son Gavin O’Reilly, pictured in 2008. Photograph: Alan Betson.

A meeting of creditors of Sir Anthony O’Reilly to see if a formal deal can be reached on the sale of his assets and the division of the proceeds is l(...)

The Commission of Inquiry into IBRC is investigating disposals by the bank - which was the former Anglo Irish Bank - involving write-downs of €10 million or more - including the sale of Siteserv.

The inquiry into Irish Bank Resolution Corporation sell-offs, including the sale of Siteserv to Denis O’Brien, would face successful legal challenges (...)

 Taoiseach Enda Kenny ...”Our Taoiseach has given us a vision for this State – the best small country in the world in which to do business.” Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Last week in The Irish Times Cliff Taylor asked an interesting question of President Michael D Higgins: “Surely it is positive that the economy is rec(...)

A couple with one earner and two children on an income of €25,000 would gain €500 a year. For families on higher incomes of €70,000-plus, the addition of two children brings the average gain to over €1,200 a year, and more for bigger families. File photograph: Getty Images

The Budget 2016 tax changes will mean gains for taxpayers ranging typically from €500 a year to €1,000, with some running close to €1,500 a year. Fami(...)