Minister for Finance Michael Noonan leaving the RTÉ radio centre, after answering listener’s questions on the Today with Sean O’Rourke programme, today. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said the increase in the price of cigarettes was the only tax increase in the Budget. The cost of a packet of (...)

Thousands attend an anti-austerity protest at Merrion Square in Dublin: fading memories of the crisis will make it politically difficult to sustain fiscal discipline to cut national debt. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Fiscal Council can hardly have expected garlands for dishing out smelling salts over the budget – the body was not set up to court popularity. And(...)

Chairman of the Fiscal Council Prof John McHale: told the Oireachtas committee that if forecasts for economic growth turned out to be accurate, then “everything was looking good”, but that it depended on growth. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill

Regulation may be needed to protect variable mortgages holders from being targeted by the banks for additional profits, the chairman of the Fiscal (...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan walks past Spanish economy minister Luis de Guindos  and European economic and monetary affairs commissioner Olli Rehn during a euro zone finance ministers’ meeting in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Ireland’s decision to exit the IMF-EU rescue programme without the help of a precautionary credit line does not affect its ability to access the Europ(...)

Employers group chief Danny McCoy Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Whatever about Seamus Heaney’s hope and history rhyming, yesterday we had the employers’ group chief, Danny McCoy, rhyming with President Miche(...)