Key Sinn Féin figures  launch the party’s election manifesto at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, February 9th, 2016. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Engaging in Fine Gael’s favoured election sport of claiming Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil will jump into Coalition together, Michael Noonan this week said(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald, and Cllr Rose Conway Walsh, at launch of Sinn Féin’s election manifesto in the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Sinn Féin will create a higher rate of income tax for those earning more than €100,000 and remove anyone earning less than €19,500 from the Universal (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  during a Fine Gael press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan last night sought to get Fine Gael’s general election campaign back on track, following days of challenges to the (...)

Poll position: election posters outside Government Buildings. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The election campaign got off to an undignified start on Wednesday with Taoiseach Enda Kenny rushing in and out of the Dáil before a bemused Leas Cean(...)

The whole basis of the forecasts is that economic growth will continue at a steady pace for the next five years

Lost in space. The election debate has gone down a rabbit hole, and it remains to be seen if, or when, it will emerge. We have spent all week arguin(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at the launch of Fine Gael’s  economic plan. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Fine Gael says abolition of the universal social charge (USC) will cost €3.7 billion but this will be partly offset by raising more than €1.2 billion (...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and  Taoiseach  Enda Kenny: €12 billion available over the lifetime of the next government, according to Noonan.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Campaigning in the general election will begin today when Fine Gael launches its “long-term economic plan”. This will include the party’s proposed “r(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Taoiseach Enda Kenny during an address to Fine Gael candidates and supporters at the Alexander Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has defended Fine Gael’s economic plan insisting the figures do add up. Mr Noonan has come under scrutiny for his(...)

The Central Bank said that credit union lending continues to fall, dropping from €7 billion in 2008 to just €4 billion in 2015 - a near 15-year low. (Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times)

The Central Bank is set to amend a new rule introduced on January 1st which prevented credit unions from accepting deposits of more than €100,000 per(...)

In a way, the parties have been given a free pass to engage in giveaway electioneering by a new concept, given a horrific name which sounds like a Star Trek episode – “the fiscal space”.

It’s like we never had an economic crisis and we are back in the Bertie Ahern days of the late 1990s and early 2000s, when elections were fought on ho(...)