Google Dublin: US companies pay €2 billion of corporation tax in Ireland each year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The contribution of multinational companies to the Irish economy is immense. Excluding the financial sector, there are about 1,000 US companies with o(...)

John FitzGerald: said GDP, the standard measure of growth used internationally, represents a “seriously defective” indicator of Irish economic welfare . Photograph: Alan Betson

The inclusion of aircraft leasing activities in the national accounts later this year is likely to seriously distort the State’s trade figures, accor(...)

Derry Scully of Bruce Shaw quantity surveyors said the council may be setting the bar “a little too high” given the “serious dearth” of housing in Dublin. Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

Building regulations specific to Dublin City Council are adding up to €40,000 to the cost of constructing an average two-bed apartment, according to (...)

Minister of State  for Overseas Development Aid Seán Sherlock, Minister for Foreign Affairs  Charlie Flanagan and Erik Solheim of the OECD at the launch of a review of Ireland’s aid programme  at Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

The Government has been urged to set a date for fulfilling a pledge to allocate 0.7 per cent of gross national product (GNP) to overseas developmen(...)

Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan: has pledged to help hard-pressed middle-income earners in October’s budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Republic’s economy will expand by 3.4 per cent this year on the back of a strong export performance and a resurgence in domestic demand, making it(...)

Members of the Bundestag finance committee, visiting Ireland until Wednesday, have suggested that naming the investors who benefited from EU-IMF bailouts in Ireland and elsewhere would boost the chances of further European debt relief. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Ireland can expect no further debt relief from its EU partners unless it shows readiness to reform its corporate tax system, German finance politic(...)

John Fitzgerald of the ESRI. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

An acceleration in employment growth is likely to see the creation of about 50,000 new jobs this year, the Economic and Social Research Institu(...)

John Fitzgerald of the ESRI. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Irish economy is like a dog barking and wagging its tail at the same time. The question is which end to believe. The tail-wagging bit(...)

Prof John Fitzgerald at the ESRI’s quarterly economic commentary. He said house-building rates in the economy were now lower than at any time in the last three decades. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Ireland’s economy will expand by 3.5 per cent this year, its fastest rate of growth in seven years, on the back of a resurgence in domestic demand (...)

 David Duffy, senior research officer, making the quarterly economic commentary at the ESRI  yesterday.  Photograph: cyril byrne/The Irish Times

Domestic demand is likely to contribute to Irish economic growth this year for the first time since 2007, marking a major turning point in the State’s(...)