Shoppers at Blanchardstown Shopping Centre in Dublin. The mood among Irish consumers reached a six-year high this month, boosted by positive news on the jobs and property fronts. Photo: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Consumer confidence soared to a six-year high this month propelled by positive news in the jobs and property markets.The KBC Bank Ireland/ESRI consume(...)

Irish consumer sentiment rose to its highest level for almost six years in June as the property and jobs markets showed signs of improvement.The KBC B(...)

“Unemployment (both short- and long-term) began to fall towards the end of last year. If our forecasts prove to be correct, then this means an annual average below 300,000 unemployed in 2014.” Photograph: Frank Miller

In the ESRI’s latest outlook for the Irish economy, we forecast that growth will improve in 2013 and 2014. If we are right, growth, as measured(...)