Election posters outside Government Buildings in Dublin as the 2016 general election campaign gets underway. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It’s the economy, stupid. The de facto slogan for Bill Clinton’s 1992 US presidential campaign is just as relevant for the general election campaign t(...)

Fianna Fáil enterprise spokesman Dara Calleary told the Ibec business debate political parties are not debating the serious effects a Brexit could have on Ireland.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

The Irish political system is not adequately debating the potential consequences of a British exit from the European Union, an election debate for bus(...)

Danny McCoy, CEO IBEC attending The Irish Times Budget Breakfast, at the Marker Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

About the only thing the various political parties appear to agree on ahead of the yet-to-be-called general election is the need to address the issue (...)

Speaking in advance of a general election business debate, which Ibec and The Irish Times are hosting on Thursday morning, Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy said the scramble to narrow the tax base by dramatically cutting or abolishing the USC is “a race to repeat past mistakes”.

Any cuts to the Universal Social Charge (USC) will leave Ireland “vulnerable and exposed” to future economic shocks, employers’ group Ibec has warned.(...)

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy has warned of the consequences for Ireland of Britain leaving the EU. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Government’s preparation for a scenario where Britain leaves the European Union is “incredibly lacking”, Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy has warn(...)

Beyond the bonhomie, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron hope to leverage their close relationship to their mutual advantage as Britain seeks to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

As they sat down amid the sumptuous elegance of Downing Street’s White Room on Monday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and British prime minister David Cameron w(...)

Danny McCoy: Ibec will  “take responsibility for returning details [to the public register] of lobbying we undertake on your behalf”. Photograph: Gary O’ Neill

Ibec, the employers’ representative group, has assured members it won’t reveal their identities under a new disclosure regime if it lobbies politicia(...)

Employers group Ibec said steps were needed to cut the higher marginal tax rate and the number of workers who pay it. It also called for an overhaul of childcare. Photograph: Getty Images

Business lobby Ibec has called on the Government to boost capital expenditure next year by €1 billion and ease the income tax burden on higher earners(...)

Ibec’s Danny McCoy: claimed the real value of the minimum wage had actually increased during the crisis. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Business groups and the restaurants sector have strongly opposed any increase in the minimum wage of €8.65 ahead of reports that the Low Pay Commissio(...)

Former president of the European Parliament Pat Cox. “My strong hope is that they can collectively find the wisdom to work together on a solution that is viable and acceptable to both sides”

Every effort should be made by Greece and its EU partners to work together, former president of the European Parliament Pat Cox, has said. Speaking (...)