Minister for Finance Michael Noonan:  Fine Gael’s manifesto must say how its spending and tax plans would be funded. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has put it up to the Government parties and their rivals in opposition to set out plausible medium-term pla(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan presenting Budget 2016: The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council says spending is rising too fast . Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council will not be intervening in the election debate come the new year, but its assessment of Budget 2016 points to huge c(...)

Prof John McHale, the NUI Galway economist who chairs the fiscal council, said the spending increase this year was funded by an unexpected surge in corporation tax. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The State’s fiscal watchdog has criticised the Government for increasing spending this year in the days before Budget 2016. The Irish Fiscal Advisory(...)

Revenue said the final 2015 return likely to be ‘relatively unchanged’ from current level of receipts. Photograph: Joe St Leger

The Revenue has told the Government that €300 million of the €2 billion surge in corporation tax receipts this year should be excluded from forecasts(...)

The aim of the new credit register is to provide lenders with a more comprehensive analysis of creditworthiness of borrowers, with information on their credit profile

The Central Bank will start the phased introduction of a national credit register in 2016 under a new strategic plan for the institution. The release(...)

Aryzta chairman Denis Lucey, who will  stand for re-election at its annual meeting in December for the last time. He has been chairman of Aryzta since its formation.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Swiss-Irish food group Aryzta has appointed Goodbody Stockbrokers as its “Irish sponsor” in succession to Davy, which has been associated with the b(...)

Margrethe Vestager: the European competition commissioner   initiated  inquiry in June 2014 after her office issued preliminary findings against Ireland. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

State-aid investigators from the European Commission are seeking new information from Dublin on the tax affairs in Ireland of Apple, one of the world(...)

 Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald with her predecessor Alan Shatter. Photograph: Eric Luke

It was a formidable exercise of power. This week the Bar Council and Law Society extracted big concessions from the Coalition as it moved, after years(...)

Enda Kenny: the Taoiseach is on record saying he will target a balanced budget by 2018 if he returns to power early next year. Photograph: Alan Betson

We’re still a while off publication of election manifestos, but Taoiseach Enda Kenny is on record saying he will target a balanced budget by 2018 if h(...)

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes: Ireland needs to think about what it wants from the process. “We cannot be passive bystanders”

A roadmap for deeper euro zone integration by the leaders of main European institutions raises “enormous questions” for Ireland, a Government MEP will(...)