Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan: has pledged to help hard-pressed middle-income earners in October’s budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Republic’s economy will expand by 3.4 per cent this year on the back of a strong export performance and a resurgence in domestic demand, making it(...)

Kieran McQuinn: keeping key cost-of-living factors affordable is ‘imperative’. Photograph: Sam Boal/Photocall

Ireland appears to be defying economic logic, if there is such a thing. The economy has somehow engineered a broadly based recovery – as evidenced by (...)

Joachim Pfeiffer: said of Ireland “there were bubbles in the real estate sector, there were bubbles in the banking sector and all of this was home-made”.Photograph: Maxwell’s

Ireland has “no chance” of securing a deal on its legacy bank debt, one of the most influential figures in German politics has told The Irish Times.J(...)

Prof John FitzGerald of the ESRI: deleveraging by Irish households could continue for “some considerable time” if recovery stalls in the rest of the EU. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Ireland could face a debilitating period of stagnation – characterised by high unemployment, falling prices and low growth – if recovery in Europe (...)

Prof John Fitzgerald at the ESRI’s quarterly economic commentary. He said house-building rates in the economy were now lower than at any time in the last three decades. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Ireland’s economy will expand by 3.5 per cent this year, its fastest rate of growth in seven years, on the back of a resurgence in domestic demand (...)

Willem Buiter: “Ireland took one for the team because Europe decided it was not ready  to handle the contagion effects. It was not in the Irish national interest to do that.”

Ireland should withhold support for a new euro-area bank resolution authority until it gets a deal on its legacy bank debt, Citigroup economist Wil(...)

Bank of America Merrill Lynch predicts Ireland’s GDP to grow 1.9% next year, more than twice its 0.8% projection for the euro zone.

Ireland and Germany are the only euro zone countries likely to see a “significant” pick-up in growth next year, according to Bank of America Merrill L(...)