MacGill Summer School director Joe Mulholland with Simon Coveney prior to delivering the John Hume Annual Lecture at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co. Donegal. Photograph: North West Newspix

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has defended his decision to introduce a help-to-buy scheme for first-time buyers despite concerns it has i(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Recent Irish governments have had to grapple with the cost and the fallout of economic failure. Finally, in 2017, we are back to somewhere like we wer(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe greets Dutch finance minister and president of the eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Paschal Donohoe, our new Minister for Finance, got his marching orders in Brussels this week. Well, sort of. Two precooked reports on Ireland were ap(...)

Computer generated image of Metro North. The Government is committed to increasing capital expenditure including roads, schools and transport infrastructure

What does the summer economic statement tell us about Budget 2018 and what it will mean for the economy and, of course, for our pockets? 1. Budget 20(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: said he did not expect tax receipts to surpass expectations this year. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The scope for expenditure increases and tax cuts in the next budget will be just €300 million, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has indicated. Thi(...)

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe. Photo: EPA

The Government plans to commit €500 million each year to a new rainy day fund from 2019 on, half of the amount which had previously been indicated. (...)

On Monday, the DAA announced that 2.9 million passengers used Dublin Airport last month, its busiest June in 77 years

On Monday, the DAA announced that 2.9 million passengers used Dublin Airport last month, its busiest June in 77 years. North American routes rose by 1(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at the National Economic Dialogue, in Dublin Castle. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The scope to deliver tax cuts and spending increases in October’s budget will be highly restricted even though strong economic growth is set to contin(...)

The 9% rate was introduced for special tourism-related activities, such as restaurants, hotels and cinemas.

Pressure to phase out the special 9 per cent VAT rate for the hospitality industry is building within the Department of Finance, a policy change which(...)

Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe: the Taoiseach signalled during his Fine Gael leadership campaign that he would accelerate infrastructural projects such as motorways and Metro North. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government is to continue to set aside hundreds of millions of euro in a “rainy-day” fund even as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar diverts greater resources(...)