The Department of Finance estimates that €11 billion will be available over the next five years to allow spending to rise, taxes to be cut and some money to be put aside in case trouble hits.

Cliff Taylor: Voters will have to reach a judgment on who is best able to deliver on promises

The feelgood factor from this period of economic growth is not evenly spread. Photograph: Getty

Smart Money: How is inflation affecting your standard of living – and what will it mean for how you vote?

“Fine Gael will play on the strong economy, the budget surplus and record employment – with plenty of digs at Fianna Fáil’s record during the last period of strong growth.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Fine Gael to play up positive economic numbers and how they handled Brexit

The latest indications from London of the kind of Brexit Boris Johnson wants to aim for has big implications for the economy on this island.  Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

North’s economy will be closer to Republic’s in terms of rules, regulations and practices

Property tax is due to change in 2021.

Smart Money: Why the property tax is a key factor in election timing

The imminent no-deal Brexit threat when the budget was being framed allowed Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to fight off demands for pre-election spending increases. Photograph: Alan Betson

Selling fiscal prudence will be politically difficult, especially in an election year

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: may have to deal with EU corporate tax reform. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Irish business faces another year of living dangerously due to a number of factors

“We are behind the curve and have to decide how to tackle carbon emissions in key areas such as transport – especially private cars – and agriculture.” Photograph: Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images

Wind turbines and keep cups are fine – but the consequences are much wider

Wages have grown by around 13.5% on average in Ireland over the last five years, contributing to a increased spending power. Photograph: PA

Smart Money: we assess what happened to Ireland’s economy this year and what to expect

UK prime minister Boris Johnson  at the Houses of Parliament on Thursday: Johnson will face a huge wave of pressure from UK businesses to do a decent deal with the EU. Photograph:   Adrian Dennis/WPA Pool/Getty Images

The strategy of carrying on and ignoring Brexit has turned out to be correct

Where you live in Ireland can have an impact on income, reliance on welfare and family size, according to new CSO data. Photograph: Don MacMonagle

Smart Money: CSO figures give a new insight into earnings and lifestyles in different parts of the State

Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday that he would introduce legislation to prevent MPs extending the Brexit transition period beyond the end of 2020, UK government sources have said. Photograph: Matt Dunham/PA Wire

PM plans for legislation to stop MPs extending Brexit transition period beyond 2020

The trade talks between the EU and UK will probably get under way in March, and will be getting up steam through spring and early summer. We need a government in place to argue Ireland’s corner here. Photograph: Getty Images

We need a new government by April or May when EU–UK trade talks will be in full swing

Commuters read newspapers at Stalybridge train station after the Conservative Party won a majority in the UK general election. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images

Analysis: Result is likely to the clear way for an early general election in Ireland

The ESRI does not believe prices are vulnerbale to a crash – or at least finds that they are not overvalued in terms of the current state of the economy. Photograph: iStock

Smart Money: New research also shows how affordability differs for first-buyers around country

British prime minister Boris Johnson has been playing down the extent of checks needed. Photograph: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

Tánaiste Simon Coveney says Johnson’s deal means checks on goods will be required

The tale of the water facility proposed for George’s Dock in Dublin’s IFSC is a classic case of the 'system' trying to get a project through. Photograph:  BP

Real social and spending priorities appear to have drowned in a swirl of swift box-ticking

Traffic on Dublin’s M50 at the M4 Junction. Photograph: Alan Betson

Commuters in Dublin and Cork suffer as congestion grows and rings roads near capacity

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: OECD corporate tax reforms one of the biggest challenges he faces. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

OECD reforms should be seen as challenge for Ireland rather than looming catastrophe

Standard & Poor’s announced late on Friday that they were upgrading Ireland’s debt rating from A plus to AA minus, a significant move which returns the rating to its pre-bailout level for the first time

Standard & Poor’s raises Ireland’s debt rating to pre-bailout level

The port of Dover which is crucial for Britain’s trade

Smart Money : Prospects for Irish economy vitally reliant on timetable for next year

UK secretary of state for health and social care Matt Hancock and prime minister Boris Johnson in Worksop, England. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/WPA Pool/Getty

‘Let’s get Brexit done’ is an empty slogan, especially if the UK opts for the hard version

President Michael D Higgin:  seminar questioned why there is  something broken in the way modern economies work.  Photograph: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Housing crisis requires new approaches in order to deliver for the younger generation

Apartments in Dublin’s Heuston South Quarter. Photograph: Fran Veale

Smart Money: Rents in Ireland remain among the highest in Europe. Why?

Anti- and pro-Brexit protesters outside the houses of parliament in London. Brits go the polls on December 12th in a general election. Photograph: EPA/Hollie Adams

Brexit battleground during election campaign will focus on three key areas

UK prime minister Boris Johnson and US president Donald Trump in New York in September. Photograph: Doug Mills/New York Times

As the UK opens its markets to countries like the US, the EU will tighten its border controls

An official report this year quoted figures showing productivity in the building sector was well below the EU norm.

Smart Money: technology and training are acknowledged as key areas

British prime minister Boris Johnson during an election debate in the House of Commons. Photograph: Jessica Taylor/EPA/UK parliament handout

Ireland’s interest is avoiding a no-deal, but election will shape the impact of Brexit on us

Christine Lagarde and Mario Draghi: international economic relations are a bear-pit, with trade wars, threats of competitive currency devaluations, Brexit and slowing growth. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP

Incoming ECB president faces a Europe in stagnation which could tip into recession

Urban sprawl is spreading again, out from the greater Dublin region, raising big questions for housing and planning. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Smart Money: First-time buyers again being pushed out to commuter counties

If Boris Johnson loses a key  procedural vote on Tuesday  then what happens next  becomes a bit less predictable.  Photograpgh: Getty

Johnson wants to get the Brexit deal legislation through the Commons in three days

UK prime minister Boris Johnson. “This is Johnson’s deal and the one he will either get approved now or will go to the people with in an election.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Deal had to be done – but politics made it impossible to avoid significant risks

Boris Johnson, Leo Varadkar and Angela Merkel: smiling today,  but what about tomorrow? Photograph: PA Wire

Cliff Taylor: The backstop is gone, replaced by a permanent arrangement for the North

Fine Gael would plan to cut income tax if it got back into office after the next general election, Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance said on Wednesday

Smart money: Is now the right time for politicians to be promising tax cuts?

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has a flu jab in Downing Street on Monday morning before the state opening of parliament.  Photograph: Jeremy Selwyn/PA

What are the hard questions the EU is asking about the latest proposals

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meeting UK prime minister Boris Johnson at Thornton Manor Hotel, on The Wirral, Cheshire on Thursday, ahead of private talks in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock. Photograph: PA

The game has changed, and Brexit talks have become even more complicated

Is acceptance of the carbon tax all about trusting the Government to use the money wisely? Photograph: PA

Smart Money: Will it work? Is it fair? Will the money be wasted?

Photograph: iStock

Rise will give cash flow boost to Exchequer

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe is to announce Budget 2020 on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Rise in commercial stamp duty to help cover cost of more care hours, gardaí and allowances

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will have to contend with some key budget battlegrounds.

With an election due nobody will be holding back – so what will cause the biggest political rows?

Politicians thrive on the creation of half-way houses and compromises. Borders, on the other hand, don’t do fudges. They require documents, checks and people to stop trucks and look inside them.  Photograph: Getty Images

The Government will sit tight for now – but a Johnson-style Brexit raises big questions

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Corporation tax again ahead of target, helping to pay for €450m overspending

The Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe: The Department of Finance completed public consultations of the range of reliefs available to entrepreneurs earlier this year

Changes will be set in the context of Brexit and the need to ensure start-up regime is competitive with other locations

 Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys (above) and Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty are working jointly on the plan. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Budget initiative will target ‘vulnerable but viable’ firms to support in no-deal scenario

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. File photograph

Analysis: There is a political cost – but avoiding an emergency budget was key goal

Indications are that the “€5 a week “ given in welfare increases and tax cuts in recent years will not happen.

Smart Money: How will it affect the cash in your pocket?

The Irish border between Newry and Dundalk. Ireland is unlikely to be receptive to Johnson’s offer. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The EU will not compromise on protecting the single market

The new figures take account of the State’s initial investment, the sale of shares, the dividends and interest from the banks and the complex cost of bailing out Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Report adds up to estimated €1.3bn a year to the cost of servicing national debt

In total, almost 124,000 of the interventions by Revenue led to more tax being paid. Photograph: iStock

Over 460,000 interventions made taxpayers with an average payment of almost €84,500

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: the vast amount of the extra resources from above-target corporation tax have gone to cover the financial hole created by overspending, particularly in health. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

The vast bulk of extra cash has gone on spending and this is not going to change

A €10 increase would add around €1.70 to a 60 litre petrol fill. Photograph: Getty Images

Key issue will be whether there is a programme of successive yearly rises

The Irish Government will continue to insist on the idea of regulations staying the same in the North and South as part of the backstop. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

Plan to diverge from EU rules is economic nonsense but do not assume it won’t happen

Time to fill up? A €10 increase in carbon taxes in Budget 2020 would add around €1.70 to a 60-litre petrol fill. Photograph: iStock

Smart Money: The five areas where your pocket could be hit

There isn’t a lot of point building houses at prices people cannot afford. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Property market stacked against young buyers and families trading up

Inspection facilities being built at Dublin Port in advance of Brexit. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A comprehensive guide to the massive impact likely if the UK crashes out of the EU

British prime minister Boris Johnson in Dublin on Tuesday: has signalled some desire to talk and proposed an all-Ireland zone for animal and food safety. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty

How might a Northern Ireland-only compromise look and how might it work?

Is Ireland the right place at the right time for phantom investments? The Minister for Business, Heather Humphreys pictured at IDA Ireland’s annual results last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Smart Money: Is Ireland’s reputation on tax is taking a big battering

 Minister for Finance   Paschal Donohoe  during a media briefing outlining his Budget 2020 strategy at   Government Buildings on Wednesday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Analysis: Message the Government wants to send out is this may be difficult for Ireland but it is manageable

US deputy tax leader at PwC Pam Olson,   will speak in Dublin next Tuesday at the 2019 PwC Irish Times Tax Summit

OECD deal could lead to major multinationals paying less tax in Ireland, says leading consultant

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with British prime minister Boris Johnson at Government Buildings, Dublin, on Monday morning. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Irish Border and backstop remain central to any breakthrough

The road outside Newry, Northern Ireland,  near the Border with  Ireland. We are, for now, only spectators in the Westminster drama, with no way to influence whether a no-deal happens or not. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

One thing is certain - a no-deal threatens a nasty economic sucker-punch for 2020

The specific measures outlined by the Children’s Rights Alliance would cost just under €300m. File photograph: Getty Images

Proposals to tackle child poverty sound costly, but are tiny in terms of overall spend

Rearing beef is now a loss-making business in itself for most farmers, with EU supports needed to move family income from farming into positive territory and off-farm earnings needed to keep afloat.

Cattle farming is a loss-making business for most in sector

The Old Belfast Road in Carrickcarnon on the North side of the  Border, between Newry and Dundalk. Photograph:Niall Carson/PA Wire

Irish position is that any negotiations must be conducted with the EU

Peace walls in Belfast: in September, if we appear to be heading towards a no-deal Brexit, the Border issue will move centre stage. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Cliff Taylor: Economic hit will be harder, uncertainties great and politics possibly toxic

The picture in international markets is darkening: what does this mean for your household finances? Photograph: iStock

Smart Money: The four key things to watch for your finances

In a world where doors are being closed, Ireland’s card is to remain open to trade, to immigration, to our role as a kind of bridgehead for companies entering the EU’s market

With Brexit threats and Trump tariffs, it’s time to focus on the big issues

The economies of Northern Ireland and the Republic are very different in many respects. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Smart Money: Taoiseach spoke of new state – research shows the economic challenges

US president Donald Trump, and Xi Jinping, China’s president in Beijing 2017.  Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty

Nervous markets watch as new aggression replaces old rules of interdependence

Demonstrators march to vent their frustrations over Britain’s inability to agree on a plan to leave the European Union, in London. Photograph: Andrew Testa/The New York Times

Government risk register issues a clear warning about Northern Ireland and no-deal

Prime minister Boris Johnson. The rhetoric of the UK government suggests that a no-deal can be survived – albeit with a few bumps and bruises – and that the UK can thrive afterwards. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

Cliff Taylor: Does the British PM really expect to be rewarded for leaving EU by October 31st?

As the State’s economy reaches full employment, the role of migrants in filling jobs becomes more important. Photograph: iStock

Smart Money: Key sectors now rely on migrants to fill up to half of new jobs

 A currency exchange board in London on  July 30th, 2019. The pound has slumped against the dollar and euro. Photograph: Will Oliver

Central Bank estimates 34,000 fewer jobs by the end of 2020 if UK crashes out of EU

Ashoka Mody, economics professor at Princeton University, New Jersey, said a crackdown on tax shifting by US authorities was the most likely source of pressure on Ireland

Former IMF official says corporate tax regime helped Ireland rebound from crisis

Former minister for finance Michael Noonan: delayed the implementation of new interest limit rules until 2024. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

European Commission may take State to court for stalling implementation until 2024

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe Photograph: Alan Betson

Strong track record with multinationals may provide State with some protection

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s intervention into the housing market debate “was nuanced, focusing just on the deposit rule”. Photograph: Michael McHugh/PA Wire

We need to concentrate on affordable homes, not unaffordable loans

Pascal Saint-Amans, the tax director at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Proposed minimum corporate tax rate could affect State’s ability to attract FDI

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg leaves the Merrion Hotel after meeting the Oireachtas Communications Committee. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

The days of Ireland using its corporate tax regime as a key attraction for foreign direct investment may be numbered - but where d(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will likely be presenting his budget for 2020 in early October with a no-deal Brexit threat hanging over us, but still no clarity. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Forget talk about tax cuts and €5 extra week for all welfare recipients

The latest figures have led forecasters to downgrade their estimates of mortgage borrowing for the full year.

Smart Money: With house prices and construction stalling, what’s going on?

Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Explainer: the backstop plan is now the crunch issue between London and Brussels

Leadership candidate for Britain’s Conservative Party Boris Johnson: to head towards a no-deal, he will tout non-existent alternatives, say they mean the backstop guarantee is not needed and try to blame the EU – and Ireland – for a lurch towards a no-deal. Photograph: Simon Dawson

Cliff Taylor: The route to a deal between Boris Johnson and the EU looks impossibly narrow

The sterling exchange rate is vital for Irish exporters, for tourism, for cross-border and online shopping and for the the tens of thousands of people and businesses who operate some parts of their lives in the two currencies.

Smart Money: How does a plunge affect the economy and consumers?

‘The view here seems to be that if the UK does crash out we will be back’

One wonders if the Irish have a plan or are just hoping for the best

The magic sauce which makes some schools better than others is hard to identify.

Smart Money: Going to a fee-paying school does not guarantee the best education

Tánaiste Simon Coveney with Minister of State for European Affairs Helen McEntee: Mr Coveney promises there will be no infrastructure on the Border. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Coveney refers to non-Border ‘action’ on goods from North as pessimism grows

The Government estimates  a no-deal Brexit could cost the exchequer more than €6 billion next year. Photograph: iStock

No-deal scenario will move a lot of the pain into a shorter period and increase costs

The problems of Ireland’s beef sector “are mostly unrelated to a deal which opens up an additional 1.25 per cent of the EU beef market”.

Deal pushes back against unprecedented challenges to free trade

Smart Money: Five key points on how taxes here compare with the rest of EU, and why it’s important

Investors are betting that Christine Lagarde’s nomination to be the next president of the European Central Bank will extend an era of ultra-loose monetary policy in the euro zone.

Bond investors cheer Christine Lagarde’s nomination for ECB presidency

Christine Lagarde’s lack of economic training and experience in monetary policy will prompt questions about her nomination as ECB president. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Nominee as head of European Central Bank an experienced and pragmatic politician

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, who faces a tricky job in framing the forthcoming budget. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Cliff Taylor: An old-style pre-election budget would be a recipe for economic trouble

Controversy surrounding Gabriel Makhlouf, the man appointed as the next governor of the Central Bank is an embarrassment for Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Would NZ treasury chief have got Central Bank job if controversy blew up before interviews?

Smart Money: workers in areas most exposed to Brexit are amongst the least well-off

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the Government would allow the budget to go into deficit next year. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The key decisions set up by the summer statement – and what they mean for you

Money available for new measures on budget day will be limited

Minister’s presentation is one of the key steps toward the budget for next year

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: there will be limited room on budget day for any additional spending or tax measures beyond those already signalled. Photograph: PA

Government facing budget deficit if UK crashes out of EU

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe: Brexit makes an almost impossible backdrop for budget planning. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Budget 2020: It is vital that initial plans for next year are modest

ECB governor Mario Draghi this week sounded a clear alarm bell about the state of the euro zone economy. Photograph: AFP

Smart Money: Unexpectedly, EU and US rates may decline again

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