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(...)

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael  McGrath said: “I fully appreciate the pain that the Universal Social Charge represents for working families and the toll it takes on pay packets.”  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Fianna Fáil will eliminate the Universal Social Charge if it returns to power, the party’s ardfheis has agreed.The party said it will be the policy of(...)

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(...)