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(...)

Fergal O’Brien of Irish employers group Ibec concurred there should be no effort to create separate taxation rules for the “digital economy”. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Changes to the international taxation system being considered by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development could “erode the existi(...)

Five-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan to face Finnish qualifier Robin Hull. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Ireland’s Ken Doherty will face England’s Stuart Bingham in the first round of the snooker world Championships at the Crucible on Saturday. (...)

Ken Doherty, seen here outside his home snooker club Jasons of Ranelagh, after his 1997 Crucible win, has qualified for a 19th World Championships in Sheffield. Photograph: David Sleator / THE IRISH TIMES

Former world champion Ken Doherty secured a 19th Crucible appearance of his career with a 10-5 success over Thailand’s Dechawat Poomjaeng in hi(...)

Ibec head of policy and chief economist Fergal O’Brien: “Ireland is on the way back.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Business group Ibec has revised upwards its economic forecasts for 2014, citing “impressive employment growth” and a rise in c(...)

Ibec’s head of policy and chief economist Fergal O’Brien: “We’re going to have 60,000 more people taking home a paycheque this Christmas than we had last year.” Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland is embarking on a new era of “strong economic growth” fuelled by a rebound in domestic activity and recovery in international markets, acco(...)

David Morris in action against Stuart Bingham during day nine of the williamhill.com UK Championships at The Barbican Centre, York. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire

Irish man David Morris was able to reflect on a satisfying run at the UK Championship despite the disappointment of a heavy last-16 defeat to Stuart (...)

David Morris in action against Mitchell Travis at the williamhill.com UK Championships at The Barbican Centre, York. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Ireland’s David Morris ended the dream run of Sheffield amateur Mitchell Travis with a 6-1 third round win at the UK Championship in York.Morris only(...)