Coronavirus: can we start to estimate the impact on the Irish economy?

Smart Money: half a million people are now out of work as the impact starts to bite

Minister for Finance said the cost of the Covid-19 crisis to the exchequer "will definitely be in the vicinity" of €8 billion. Video: RTÉ

Precise economic forecasting has gone out the window in the current crisis. The world economy is off script.

What happens next economically all depends on the path of the virus, the success of efforts to control it and, crucially, when and how restrictions are lifted.

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