Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty: the party is promising to build 70,000 social housing units. Photograph: Alan Betson

Sinn Féin’s manifesto marks something of a change of tack. The party relentlessly opposed the painful post-crash austerity drive, and it campaigned (...)

Fianna Fáil’s Michael Mc Grath and Seán Fleming at the party’s economic policy announcement in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Economic plans from Labour and Fianna Fáil are in keeping with dominant election themes so far. In the headlong drive to cut the universal social char(...)

The Central Bank realised a €1 billion capital gain in 2015 on the disposal of government bonds, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said. File photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Central Bank realised a €1 billion capital gain in 2015 on the disposal of government bonds held after the deal to scrap the Anglo Irish Bank prom(...)

Argument still surrounds the validity of figures deployed by particular parties but there is nothing to stop them setting out whatever “fiscal space” they wish. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The election campaign has opened with copious argument and no little bluster over the allocation of money which may become available in coming years f(...)

Investors use ratings agency standings to guide decisions on where to put their money

Ratings agency Fitch has given the Coalition parties a pre-election boost, upgrading its rating on Ireland’s national debt. The agency said late on (...)

Cranes on the Dublin skyline. “One key point to recall in this panorama is that every single promise made on the hustings is predicated on a continuation of growth in Ireland, which itself depends on world growth.”

The onset of the election campaign comes amid fresh worries over the slowdown in China and turmoil in financial markets. To one degree or another, pub(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and ministers, Richard Bruton, Simon Harris and Michael Noonan pictured  at the launch of Fine Gael’s long term economic plan. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

Fine Gael’s “long-term economic plan” is predicated on the delivery of steadfast growth in each of the next five years. That’ s ambitious at the best (...)

“For every politician who says ‘my fiscal space is bigger than yours’, a rival is certain to say ‘that’s because you’re assuming no-one will grow old in the next few years’.” File photograph: Getty Images

The “fiscal space” is political shorthand for money the next government may have available for the purposes of tax cuts or spending increases. It’s (...)

The European Commission has revised Ireland’s minimum “medium-term objective”, providing more scope to cut tax or boost spending in that period. Photograph:  Francois Lenoir/Reuters

The European Commission has backed moves to grant Ireland up to €1.5 billion in additional “fiscal space” for new tax and spending measures in coming (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: going to  Áras an Uachtaráin on Wednesday to set a date for the election. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

A solid set of tax returns for January means the exchequer is a pretty strong position as Taoiseach Enda Kenny goes to Áras an Uachtaráin on Wednesday(...)