German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at yesterday’s eurogroup meeting in Brussels. Photograph: Reuters

Minister of Finance Michael Noonan has said he is confident the European Commission will approve Budget 2016 in the coming weeks, despite concerns fro(...)

The latest Exchequer returns provide both reason to cheer and cause for the Government to worry. Tax revenue for October was boosted by a strong rise (...)

Maintenance works near the old ECB centre in Frankfurt, Germany. The Troika will raise concerns over planned Coalition spending during their visit. Photograph: by Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images

The Government is to face questions from the troika next week over the scale of spending envisaged in the budget, amid concerns that next year’s fisca(...)

Patrick Honohan, outgoing governor of the Central Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The rate of economic growth is being exaggerated and may be leading to overconfidence in planning for the future, the outgoing Central Bank governo(...)

Tánaiste Joan Burton at a press conference on the 2016 Budget at Government Buildings. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Differences are emerging between Fine Gael and Labour over plans to abolish the universal social charge during the lifetime of the next government. T(...)

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(...)