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(...)

Department of Finance’s chief economist John McCarthy: “There is now concrete evidence that recovery is broadening, and by that I mean, domestic demand will for the first time make a positive contribution to growth.”

Ireland’s recovery is now being driven by a rebound in domestic demand, the Department of Finance’s chief economist John McCarthy has said.Until quite(...)

A year ago Minister for Finance Michael Noonan based his 2014 Budget on a two per cent rate of growth in gross domestic product (GDP). Last week, and(...)

“We believe that we do not need to make adjustments of a further €2bn. In fact we believe it would hinder as opposed to assist growth into the future,” he said.

A call by the European Commission to implement €2 billion in budgetary cuts would hinder rather than assist growth, according to Minister for Public E(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: has said  cuts of €2 billion will not be required to bring the budget deficit to 3 per cent by next year.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The European Commission is putting renewed pressure on the Government to implement €2 billion in cuts in the coming budget, echoing the views of bo(...)