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 (...)

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(...)

In early 2007, then-taoiseach Bertie Ahern stood up at a Fianna Fáil ardfheis and read out what was essentially his party’s economic manifesto for the(...)

‘Children have a right to attend inclusive public schools.’ Photograph: Getty Images

At a recent meeting with Atheist Ireland, the Taoiseach and the Minister for Education personally apologised to atheist parent Derek Walsh, whose chil(...)

The European Commission has questioned the Government’s plan to increase spending and cut taxes in next year’s budget, calling for a “more ambitious b(...)

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(...)

‘If Ireland is to keep pace with its competitors, and avoid becoming a technological backwater, the Government needs to support the upskilling of teachers.’ Photograph: Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Images

Technology is changing at an ever-increasing pace and so is the nature of the work people do. Researchers at the University of Oxford recently anal(...)

Minister of State Simon Harris: said  Ireland was “very well-placed” to benefit from inclusion in the EU investment plan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland has submitted more than 70 projects for possible inclusion in the EU’s €315 billion investment plan, with energy, social housing and i(...)

European Commission president, Luxembourg’s Jean Claude Juncker (right) and Pierre Moscovici (left), the European Commissioner for economics, taxation and customs, attend a session at the European Parliament in Brussels  earlier this month. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

The European Commission has approved Ireland’s budget for 2015, but warned that the country should use the better-than-expected economic recovery to a(...)

Donal O’Mahony, from Davy Stockbrokers: believes a virtuous circle is forming, with economic activity, rising asset prices and confidence levels all feeding off each other.

If you have been experiencing an unfamiliar sensation in your nether regions recently, it may be well be the “mild reflationary tailwinds” that have u(...)