Dr Kenneth Jordan found a Dublin housebuyer would need an income of €66,572 to buy an average house there, compared with an income of €32,042 for a non-Dublin housebuyer. Photograph: Frank Miller

Dublin house prices appear to be 10-25 per cent above affordable levels, with price rises in the upper end of the market driving average price incr(...)

Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton (left) and Mary Lou McDonald Sinn Fein, at the IBEC and Women for Election post-budget debate in Dublin. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Budget 2015 got a cautious welcome at a debate hosted by Ibec and the Women for Election campaign group on Thursday, but there were complaints that it(...)

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy:  “I’ve no doubt wage pressures are coming”. Photograph: Eric Luke

The head of employers’ group Ibec and the country’s biggest trade union have said they expect significant wage pressure to emerge next year, particula(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin presented Budget 2015 in the Dail today. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Organisations around Ireland have been responding to Budget 2015. Here’s what they had to say on...The 9 per cent VAT rate Irish Hotels Federation: T(...)

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 (...)

Nat O’Connor, Tasc’s research director, said cutting VAT by 1 per cent - at a cost to the exchequer of €350 million - would help to kick-start the economy by boosting domestic consumption and the spending power of lower income households in particular.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The Government should lower VAT rather than income tax in the budget next week if it wants to give something back to the public in an equitable and su(...)

Tasc research director Nat O’Connor: said inequitable tax cuts for high earners would undermine health, social housing and other vital public services. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Think tank Tasc has said the vast majority of people would benefit more from maintaining and boosting public services than from cutting the higher rat(...)

Career potential: Ibec’s food-and-drink marketing programme will give 28 graduates the opportunity to work with sponsor companies for 18 months. Pictured at the launch were (back) Katie O’Donoghue, placed with Tullamore Dew in San Francisco, David Broderick of Ibec, Mary-Jade Hynes, placed with Tullamore Dew in Chicago, (front) Rebecca Savage, placed with Jim Beam in Minneapolis, and Conor Neville, placed with Tullamore Dew in San Francisco. Photograph: Gary O’Neill

Three years ago, there were little or no job opportunities. Emigration, unemployment or an unpaid internship loomed large for graduates. Since then, (...)

“Going abroad also shows an ability to be adaptable in the face of a significantly different culture, language, money and climate.”

Young people emigrate for lifestyle reasons. It’s a small island, and a lot of people want to get off it.They want to see another part of the world.Th(...)

A tax protest march in the early 1980s. The debate still rages.

Pre-budget hysteria rises inexorably year by year. And with it comes a fall in the quality of proper analysis. The debate has become increasingly juve(...)