Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  during a Fine Gael press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan last night sought to get Fine Gael’s general election campaign back on track, following days of challenges to the (...)

 Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said: “Fine Gael is not taking into account pay rises and social welfare.” File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Green Party has become the first political party to say it would stick to the limits set out by the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council for spending ove(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and  Taoiseach  Enda Kenny: €12 billion available over the lifetime of the next government, according to Noonan.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Campaigning in the general election will begin today when Fine Gael launches its “long-term economic plan”. This will include the party’s proposed “r(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan’s budget documents present some limited alternative scenarios on what might happen if world growth were lower than assumed or if euro area interest rates were higher than expected. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The economic crisis, from which we are now recovering, taught us many lessons. Some of them will be remembered for some time to come. One of the mos(...)

Outlook for 2016 remains positive

At 6.7 per cent of GDP, the Irish economy is forecast to grow in 2015 at its most rapid rate since 2005, according to the Economic and Social Research(...)

The watchdog barks

The role of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC) as the State’s fiscal watchdog is to bark loudly whenever the Government departs from prud(...)

In the days before Budget 2016, the Government announced its intention to have a large and unexpected increase in spending for 2015. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

After the harrowing crisis years, the Irish economy is now experiencing an impressive recovery. Real GDP growth is forecast to reach 6.2 percent this (...)

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(...)