Consumer confidence is on the rise and Christmas sales this year look set to be at their highest level since 2009. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish economy will significantly outperform the rest of Europe and grow by a “spectacular” 5.7 per cent this year, the employers’ group Ibec has (...)

According to Ibec, 
It says 
the Irish income tax regime is “one of the most punitive” in the EU. Since 2010, 
it says, income tax as a percentage of national income has risen from 8.7 per cent to 11.6 per cent, well above the EU average of 9.5 per cent.

More than half of Irish taxpayers would benefit from a cut in the marginal rate of income tax, employers group Ibec has claimed.In a riposte to what i(...)

Fergal O’Brien is into the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals. Photograph: Gareth Copley/PA Wire

Ireland’s Fergal O’Brien will meet Mark Selby in the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals after fighting back to beat Zhao Xintong on Thursday.Zhao, the 17(...)

Chief economist Fergal O’Brien said: Now is the time to secure the recovery. Photograph: Eric Luke /Irish Times

Recent improvements in Ireland’s headline economic numbers means the Government has scope to deliver €400 million in tax cuts in the budget , accordin(...)

ECB president Mario Draghi’s latest response to the euro zone’s woes means the cost of money has never been lower. Photograph: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg

Interest-bearing debts have been used in Europe since ancient Greece, but Mario Draghi’s latest response to the euro zone’s woes means the cost of mon(...)

To govern is to choose, not to speculate and to raise public expectations that cannot later be met. The Government needs to manage economic expectatio(...)

Ibec’s Fergal O’Brien makes the point that data for both sectors is skewed by compositional factors. Photograph: Eric Luke

Unsurprisingly, the Central Statistics Office’s earning stats were seized upon yesterday to bash the public sector.The figures suggested average weekl(...)

Fergal O’Brien, Ibec’s head of policy and chief economist said, “Ireland’s economic recovery is set to continue; more importantly it’s becoming more broad-based

Ibec says the economy will expand by 3.1 per cent this year and nearly 4 per cent next year. In its latest economic outlook, the employer’s group said(...)

Fergal O’Brien of Ibec said the Government needed “nothing like” an adjustment of €2 billion. Photograph: Eric Luke

Ireland will narrowly miss its budget deficit target for 2015 even with a planned €2 billion adjustment in the next budget, the Organisation for Econo(...)

Ibec’s Fregal  O’Brien said the Government needs to implement “nothing like” an adjustment of €2 billion. Photograph: Eric Luke /Irish Times

The chief economist of the employers’ lobby, Ibec, has urged the Government to ignore the OECD’s advice that Ireland should stick to its adjustment ta(...)