Joan Burton, Eamon Gilmore and Dominic Hannigan launch Labour’s Stability Treaty campaign in 2012: Ireland is expected to exit the corrective arm of the Stability and Growth Pact  next year.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland has come a long way since the worst days of the crisis. However, whether the country emerges stronger or weaker from the tumult will be determ(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny talks of tax cuts on the back of successful negotiations with the commission. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

HARRY McGEE The Government has been accused of preparing to buy the next election as it steps up its efforts to have the European Commission’s strict(...)

The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill 2015 was published on Monday afternoon by the Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly. Photograph: Alan Betson

Three years behind schedule, after a myriad of consultations and drafts, the Government has finally published the State’s first climate change Bill to(...)

The performance of the Irish economy in 2014 surpassed the expectations of many, not least those of Minister of Finance Michael Noonan. When presentin(...)

In Britain, the autumn financial statement by the chancellor of the exchequer is a mini-budget, where the government announces some important changes (...)

The Bundestag in Berlin.  The German report views the reduction of Ireland’s debt as crucial to stimulating consumption and investment.

Berlin has backed the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council’s warning about the dangers of the Government departing from its path of consolidation and reform.(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said it is a matter for Government to take budgetary decisions after criticism from the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said it is a matter for Government to take budgetary decisions after criticism from the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. The Co(...)

 Prof  John McHale, Chairman of the  Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland is at risk of repeating the budgetary errors of the past, the chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has warned. “Politics may again b(...)

Dublin Port. Photograph: Frank Miller /	THE IRISH TIME

BARRY O’HALLORAN Ireland’s recent growth rates might have been artificially inflated by a sudden increase in contract manufacturing that may not be d(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan shortly before his Budget 2015 speech, at Government Buildings in Dublin, today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 6:13

A Cheann Comhairle,When the Government took office in March 2011 we set out a plan to regain control of Ireland’s fiscal and economic policies, to gro(...)