Safeguarding the recovery

The Government last April set out the broad outline of the 2016 budget in its spring economic statement, promising expansionary measures, while settin(...)

A budget to secure economic recovery has been promised by Taoiseach Enda Kenny while Tánaiste Joan Burton has produced a wish-list of Labour Party dem(...)

‘If all parties accepted the department’s estimate of the spending increase which would be allowed without tax changes, we would have the beginning of a common framework which would assist in policy comparisons.’ Photograph:  PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images

The process of deciding which party to vote for in a general election is a bit like deciding whether to switch service providers. Think about i(...)

Two-thirds of the way through the financial year the performance of the Irish economy has surpassed expectations – both of the Government and of econo(...)

A modern finance minister must manage the economy, and also manage public expectations about budget giveaways, and do so without jeopardising the publ(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton with Government Ministers at the final Cabinet meeting before the summer recess in Lissadell House, Sligo. Photograph: The Irish Times 2:52

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has told the Cabinet there will be no scope in October’s budget to increase tax cuts and spending beyond a range o(...)

Prof Alan Barrett will chair next week’s National Economic Dialogue. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

The incoming director of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Prof Alan Barrett, will chair next week’s National Economic Dialogue as t(...)

John McHale (left), chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, and Graham Stull, EU Commission, at the Budget Perspectives conference in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The State’s budgetary watchdog has again warned the Government its plans for spending increases and tax cuts in the budget run counter to the “lette(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described the warnings from Irish Fiscal Advisory Council about the Government’s budget planning as “a valuable set of observ(...)

The membership of the Expert Advisory Council undermines its independence, a report from  Client Earth has found.

The Government’s climate change legislation will fail to achieve its goals unless major weaknesses in the Bill are addressed, a report by an(...)