Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan: Lady Bracknell would have been justified in censuring Irish policymakers. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill / Irish Times

After every financial crisis home-spun truths have a habit of reasserting themselves, according to Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan. In th(...)

Dr Tom McDonnell of the Nevin Economic Research Institute said a household with a lone adult would pay €176, with a further €102 for each extra adult

The introduction of water charges is generally regressive and, without additional policy measures, will increase poverty for the poorest members of (...)

Becoming part of the Single Electricity Market would require huge investment.  Photograph: Collins

Irish consumers face “significantly higher” prices for electricity due to efforts by the European Union to create a single European market for power, (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  giving a joint Budget 2015 press conference: a return to growth has given them room to manoeuvre. Photograph: Alan Betson

After seven lean budgets, a return to growth has allowed room to manoeuvre. Key elements contributing to this include a rise in employment, a fall in(...)

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin announced yesterday that the Government would contribute €1.5 billion in exchequer funding by 2017.

The Government plans to build 10,000 social housing units by 2018 as part of a €2.2 billion capital investment package that could include private sect(...)

Executive chairman of the Catholic Schools Partnership  Fr Michael Drumm said there was a role for Catholic schools to be ‘relevant as a counter-cultural voice’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The educational office of the Catholic Bishops is encouraging its schools to be more assertive in upholding religious values to avoid becoming “secula(...)

The increase in the proportion of people saving  is driven by those aged under 50 with 41 per cent of this age group now saving regularly compared to 38 per cent last month, according to a new survey.

Ahead of tomorrow’s Budget, consumers say that they are in a better position to save, thank to an improving environment.The Nationwide UK (Ireland) / (...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: As some of the power has seeped back to Dublin, the transition has elicited another form of instability: narrow sectional interests flex their muscles for the first time in what seems an age

The way in which we formulate and implement fiscal policy is not fit for purpose. The run-up to each budget has become a lobbyist’s paradise; politica(...)

Constantin Gurdgiev, who is part of the line-up for the Kilkenomics festival, a three-day mash-up of economics and comedy taking place in Kilkenny next month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

So many bubbles are popping up in the Irish economy that it’s in danger of turning into an Aero bar. Another one clearly emerging, which policymakers (...)

Funding for commitments to extend free GP care to over 70s and to children aged between six and 11 will have to be provided for in this budget.

The economy is not quite in a place where a Charlie McCreevy can say: “When I have it, I spend it.” But it’s certainly moving in the right direction.I(...)