One in three families with primary school children are worried about their budget for food, new research has found.

The number of children coming to school hungry has increased in the past year, according to 77 per cent of teachers surveyed in new research on food (...)

Advertising levels in the Republic’s motor trade are now ‘very strong’, according to economist Jim Power. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters

Advertising spending grew in tandem with the economy’s recovery last year, but the market is still playing catch-up, according to a report by economis(...)

Innovative design: the Lidl in Terenure village was built on stilts to allow for car park spaces to be fitted underneath the store

Competition in the Irish grocery trade is set to become even more intense following the disclosure by German discounter Lidl that it is looking for(...)

A protest against water charges in Dublin last month.  Economist Jim Power warned on Tuesday that the only chance the current government has of getting back into power is another year of economic growth to facilitate a give away Budget next October. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

The Government’s decision to ignore the advice of the Troika and the Fiscal Advisory Council in opting for a less punitive budgetary approach in Budge(...)

Getting a mortgage and saving for a deposit are two of the biggest obstacles facing today’s first-time buyers. Photograph Getty Images

Difficulty accessing mortgage funding remains the biggest block to first-time home ownership according to a new survey, which has found that as many a(...)

Jim Power, chief economist, Friends First

A number of economists have warned that October’s budget may be too early for the Government to take action to lower the amount of tax paid by people(...)

In its latest report presented by economist Jim Power, Nielsen research looks at how ad spend fared in the first quarter of 2014

Could it be – whisper it – that Irish consumers think they have quite enough stuff and aren’t too bothered buying more. Or that, contrary to popular w(...)

The link between home value and debt level ‘important when framing budgetary considerations’, say the ESRI and Central Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson

Household spending is more affected by house prices and changing debt levels in Ireland than in other countries, according to new research. As (...)

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(...)

The Government’s recently announced Construction 2020 plan should include some supply side measures, economist Jim Power argues. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Government’s recently announced intention to offer mortgage insurance guarantees may be “reminiscent of the bad old days” and should be matched(...)