Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin  said the Government had some “leeway” with regard to tax cuts in the budget but caution still needed to prevail.

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin insisted this morning the Government would make decisions that would encourage economic (...)

Professor John McHale, Chairman of , Irish Fiscal Advisory Council: stressed that significant uncertainties remain for the economy, primarily because of the high levels of private debt and the uneven pace of recovery abroad. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

The Government would be “unwise” to contemplate a budget adjustment of less than €2 billion given the uncertainties still surrounding Ireland’s eco(...)

European competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia: expressed his concern at the “very reduced number of banks operating within the market”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Competition in banking or, more accurately, the lack of it is back on the agenda in another welcome sign that the economy is returning to an even keel(...)

Firstcom first served: Dan Silverlock at his new job. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Reports of Ireland’s unemployment level reaching its lowest level for more than three years has been greeted as further evidence that the economy is s(...)

Chairman of the Fiscal Council Prof John McHale: told the Oireachtas committee that if forecasts for economic growth turned out to be accurate, then “everything was looking good”, but that it depended on growth. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Regulation may be needed to protect variable mortgages holders from being targeted by the banks for additional profits, the chairman of the Fiscal (...)

The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan

Further injections of capital into AIB, Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB “might prove unavoidable” the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has warned in(...)

Prof John McHale: The most likely growth number for 2014 is 2 per cent but, because the risks are tilted to the downside, the actual expected growth is actually something less than that.

The fragility of the Government’s position as it exits the bailout without a special credit line is laid bare in a new report from the Irish Fiscal Ad(...)

Prof John McHale: “Based on the best guesses at the moment, the difficult phase should be over after 2015, against possibly 2016. 2016 could be a neutral year. That would be our best guess.”

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council believes the long line of major austerity budgets will come an end in 2015 or 2016, with the possibility opening up (...)

Eamonn Kielty

Ireland must create an environment that facilitates and fosters enterprise, not just in the multinational space, but also for small and medium-sized e(...)

Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan: there have been gains in credibility won by our delivery of what was promised.

Today we face into another difficult budget. Announced adjustments totalling close to €2.5 billion come on top of a cumulative figure of €28 billion s(...)