Growth is back in a big way and earlier this year, Ireland’s unemployment rate dropped below 10 per cent for the first time since the crash. But the (...)

The creation of Alphabet will split the core, highly profitable search engine and advertising business from Google’s riskier “moonshoot” projects. Photograph: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Google’s operation in Dublin is integral to its global business but the organisation insists the advent of the Alphabet holding company structure will(...)

Election footing: This year or next? A finely balanced decision looms. Photograph: Getty Images

August. Slow of news. Fast of foreign ring tones. Weather subprime. Economics the last thing on anyone’s mind. It’s eerie on Merrion Street. Hardly a(...)

The big boost from the figures is coming from rising corporation tax receipts. Photograph: Getty Images

Michael Noonan has already signalled he expects tax this year to come in €1.4 billion ahead of target. With receipts almost €900 million above profile(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan that he  expects  tax returns to come in €1.4 billion ahead of expectations by the end of the year. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Government is set to take the benefit of a surge in corporation tax returns as preparations for the October budget intensify. With excheque(...)

Michael Noonan’s department said corporation tax receipts were €653m above target  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Tax revenues in the first seven months of the year came in almost €900 million ahead of target as a surge in corporation tax payments delivered a f(...)

Central Bank research has found that two-thirds of Irish firms that reduced hours in 2008-2009 also laid off staff, as did half the firms which cut hours between 2010 and 2013. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Almost a quarter of Irish firms cut wages after the crash and more than half froze pay but staff at a “significant” number of high-tech employers stil(...)

Avolon founder Domhnal Slattery. Bohai Leasing’s for the bid aircraft leasing group values Mr Slattery’s personal stake in the business at about €31 million. Photograph: Eric Luke

China’s sovereign wealth fund has emerged as a key backer of the original bid for Dublin-based aircraft leasing group Avolon. That interest trigger(...)

Recovery: After years of uncertainty, growth is gaining traction. Photograph: Getty Images

New figures suggest economic growth is speeding up this year after an impressive advance in 2014. So, are the good times back? To be sure, Ireland st(...)

The appointment of Prof Honohan, an academic economist, was a break from tradition. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Speculation is mounting in economic circles about the line-up of candidates to succeed Prof Patrick Honohan as governor of the Central Bank. Minister(...)