Exchequer returns: Borrowing for 2015 set to come in well below 2 per cent of economic output. Photograph: Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will issue an emphatic pledge today to reinforce the recovery and run “sensible” budgetary policy if he wins the general election(...)

Leo Varadkar: Health service was to get €600m in new funding but the Minister has since asked for another €100m or more. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar is making a late push for more than €100 million in additional spending for the final weeks of 2015, prompti(...)

 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(...)