Patrick Honohan, outgoing governor of the Central Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The rate of economic growth is being exaggerated and may be leading to overconfidence in planning for the future, the outgoing Central Bank governo(...)

Representatives from the Troika will travel to Dublin next month as part of the fourth post-bailout review of the Irish economy, as controversy over I(...)

Prof John McHale, chairman of the Fiscal Advisory Council, who had  questioned the level of spending planned for 2016. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has pulled back from claims he made on Wednesday morning that Budget 2016 may break European fiscal (...)

Summer storms for Government

What with growing confusion over the admissibility of evidence at the banking inquiry and technical accounting difficulties at Irish Water, you would (...)

Activists have been calling for an 80 per cent reduction target in carbon emissions to be enshrined in Irish legislation, as it is in other European states. This has been resisted by the Irish Farmers’ Association, however. File photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

The Government has bowed to criticism from environmental groups by moving to address the absence of specific emission targets in its climate change Bi(...)

Prof John McHale, chairman, and Eddie Casey, economist, at the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council: it finds the Department of Finance’s latest medium-term scenario for the public finances “wholly unrealistic”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Now that the economy is recovering, it is important to learn from past mistakes and pursue sustainable fiscal policies. Concerns have been expressed (...)

Brendan Howlin: ‘Michael Noonan and I share two core goals and we intend to make good on both. We were elected to fix the economy and the public finances. We are well on the way to doing so.’   Photograph: Aidan Crawley

One of the less discussed impacts of the recession may well be its long term effect on the economics profession. As John FitzGerald indicated when (...)

“If guaranteed independence is good enough for advice on the fiscal budget why not for climate policy?”

Opposition TDs are seeking to have four State-backed agencies removed from a new expert group on climate change in a bid to preserve its independenc(...)

The Irish Medical Organisation wants commitments on ring-fenced funding and an adherence to safety standards in the health service that are equal to or greater than those imposed by the Health Information and Quality Authority.  File photograph: Lex Van Lieshout/AFP/Getty Images

The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has called on political parties to outline and cost a five-year plan for the health service in advance of the gen(...)

Government anger, arising from critical comments made by a European Commission official about water charge concessions, is understandable on a number (...)