Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said that on its own the change in the CSO estimate for GDP size would mean this year’s budget deficit would be closer to 4.5 per cent of GDP, compared to the target of 4.8 per cent

Pressure on the Government to find new budget cuts for next year eased substantially yesterday with the release of encouraging economic data for the s(...)

GDP numbers for the first quarter of 2014 will be released in about two weeks - another bad out-turn could place extra pressure on Minister for Finance Michael Noonan as he tries to square the demands of an austerity-weary public. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

The latest trade figures from the Central Statistics Office suggest the Government’s growth forecasts for the economy are indeed “overly optimistic”, (...)

The research shows that cash buyers represented more than 50 per cent of transaction in early 2014 with many potential borrowers with approved mortgages unable to secure properties

Efforts to loosen credit standards for first-time buyers should be resisted as Dublin’s housing market is in danger of overheating once again, accordi(...)

There was a 1,400 drop in the number of men claiming benefits in the State in March, while the number of women claimants fell by 300. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The unemployment rate fell to 11.8 per cent in March, the lowest level in almost five years. Figures from the Central Statistics Office (...)

Irish exports are expected to improve this year. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish exports rose by 4 per cent to €7.031 billion in the twelve months to January, driven by higher pharma-chem and agri-food exports. However the(...)

The rate of unemployment fell to 12.4 per cent in December from 14 per cent a year earlier and 12.5 per cent in November.

in Abu DhabiThe State has a long way to go in its battle against unemployment, despite a 28,000 fall in the numbers signing on last year, Taoiseach En(...)

There were no surprises in a budget that will prove little more than background noise to international markets.

There was virtually no market response to today’s budget, with headline economic figures strongly on course and nothing to shake up confidence, analys(...)

Alan McQuaid of  Merrion Stockbrokers said the figures indicated it was likely that the budget deficit outturn as a percentage of GDP would once more be lower than the figure officially targeted. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

There was mixed reaction yesterday to the news that tax revenues for the State are running 1 per cent ahead of targets.Some analysts suggested that th(...)