John McHale (left), chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, and Graham Stull, EU Commission, at the Budget Perspectives conference in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The State’s budgetary watchdog has again warned the Government its plans for spending increases and tax cuts in the budget run counter to the “lette(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described the warnings from Irish Fiscal Advisory Council about the Government’s budget planning as “a valuable set of observ(...)

Joan Burton, Eamon Gilmore and Dominic Hannigan launch Labour’s Stability Treaty campaign in 2012: Ireland is expected to exit the corrective arm of the Stability and Growth Pact  next year.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland has come a long way since the worst days of the crisis. However, whether the country emerges stronger or weaker from the tumult will be determ(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said it is a matter for Government to take budgetary decisions after criticism from the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said it is a matter for Government to take budgetary decisions after criticism from the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. The Co(...)

 Prof  John McHale, Chairman of the  Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland is at risk of repeating the budgetary errors of the past, the chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has warned. “Politics may again b(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said no-one wants to return to economic cycles of “bubble and boom and bust”. Speaking in Dublin today after an Irish Fiscal Advisory Council report urged the Coalition to proceed with another tough budget next month.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said no-one wants to return to economic cycles of “bubble and boom and bust”. Speaking in Dublin today after an Irish Fiscal (...)

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(...)