Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg: engaging in a tactic to try to blame somebody else for the consequences of Brexit.  Photograph: PA

MP’s Brexit remarks like saying England should play World Cup with an oval ball

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, said rates will remain at zero for another year.

ECB president Mario Draghi promises rates will remain where they are well into 2019

Theresa May: scraped though a key vote on Brexit legislation in the  House of Commons  on Tuesday. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Reuters

Irish businesses need to prepare for chaos ahead as the talks reach the crunch stage

“Congestion and the housing crunch are the things within our own control which, if not tackled, could lead to economic growth running into the buffers over the next few years.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

We have low inflation but a high cost of living and housing costs are shooting up

Macquarie’s renewables arm recently took an equity stake in the Poolbeg incinerator in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Decision on application for full Irish banking licence understood to be imminent

Brexit costs: bulky goods such as machinery can be exposed to the complications of holding them at borders.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Border checks and bureaucracy might almost double delays, says Central Bank

Italian share prices have fallen, and the cost to Italy of raising borrowings has gone up as the new government’s intentions become clear.  Photograph: Getty Images

Government parties have plans which would drive a coach and horses through EU budget rules

Italy’s Five-Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio who has promised to spend more, boost growth and ignore EU budget rules.

Expect the warnings from rest of EU about destabilising the euro zone to ramp up

Theresa May: the British prime minister is proposing a kind of ‘Hotel California’ solution, where the UK checks out of the customs union but doesn’t actually leave. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

The prime minister’s latest proposal on the Border will see UK tied to the customs union

Pro-EU supporters outside the Houses of Parliament in London earlier this month,. Photo : EPA

All sides taking June deadline seriously, with signs now that London is seeking to recast Border backstop deal

What do you tell a state with weird economic data, a kind of an economic boom under way, but still suffering the wounds from the crash?  Photograph: Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images

If we up spending and cut tax, we risk fuelling sectors that may already be overheating

Economic growth: Klaus Regling said Ireland had made an impressive recovery from the crisis, with the highest growth rate in Europe last year. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty

Government should boost rainy-day fund plans, says European Stability Mechanism head

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: already grumbling about the route chosen for the metro. You would wonder will the plan ever get done. Photograph:  Alan Betson

Right to object in Ireland runs deep and seems to override wider public interest

European Stability Mechanism managing director Klaus Regling speaking at the Central Bank on Wednesday.

EU lacks economic risk-sharing between countries inside euro area, says Regling

Jacob Rees-Mogg: When you hear Conservative Brexiteers such as   him talk about Britain deciding what kind of borders it wants to have after Brexit, it is clear they don’t know what they are talking about, or are choosing to ignore reality. Photograph: Matt Cardy/Getty

Commerce needs to take hard Brexiteers to task as basic trade mechanics are overlooked

Bertie Ahern: will his achievements be eclipsed by his shortcomings? Photograph: David Sleator

The former taoiseach resigned 10 years ago this weekend. We assess his legacy

 Medical card and HSE letter: cervical cancer controversy has shone a light again on HSE structures and processes – or lack of them – and its culture and strained relationship with the Department of Health.

Outsourced health agency is political firewall but lack of State control preserves its flaws

There are some signs of more houses and apartments coming on stream, but inevitably this is slow. Photograph: Alan Betson

Renting now more costly than paying off a mortgage in most areas

Soldiers waiting for a container ship to berth at Qingdao Port  in Qingdao, China. The US announced tariffs on $50 billion of  US goods in a dispute over allegations from Washington that Beijing allows Chinese companies to pirate intellectual property from US firms. Photograph:  VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Brexit, trade war and tax changes: a nasty cocktail of uncertainties threaten Irish growth

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: he won’t be trying to repeat the two-card trick of the early 2000s – cutting taxes and increasing spending on the basis of an economic boom which will run out of steam.  Photograph: Sam Boal/

We must assume Paschal Donohoe is serious in wanting to avoid past mistakes

Revenue investigations: the organisation is using “extensive information” available under new international data-sharing arrangements. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

€84m raised under foreign income and assets disclosure initiative

The Apple billions will, as Father Ted might have put it, be “resting in our account”.

Cliff Taylor: Ireland must treat surge in corporate tax revenues with extreme caution

Teachers on a picket line in 2014. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

Trade unions will feel they are shooting at an open goal on the issue of pay parity

The UK has said the Border issue can be solved only in the context of future trade talks. Photograph/Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Cliff Taylor: UK attitude on customs now threatens collapse in talks

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has sent out warnings about the need for  caution, despite the favourable economic outlook, partly due to the danger and considerable uncertainty caused by Brexit. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Paschal Donohoe dampening expectations ahead of budget

Director of corporate enforcement Ian Drennan denied leaking anything about the INM case to the media. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Vital test case for director of corporate enforcement follows FitzPatrick trial collapse

Doing nothing could mean huge increases in bills for households in 2020

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue has sent out hints that not all the money available will be spent on budget day. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government needs to start underlining economic uncertainties we face

Whatever precise mechanism is used, we need a different – and tougher – approach to dealing with those who won’t engage

Different approaches needed for those who have engaged with banks and for those who haven’t

Leslie Buckley, former chairman at Independent News and Media. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Cliff Taylor: Group's board will ringfence any inquiry and present it as a side-show

US president Donald Trump: using his office to attack American companies creates uncertainty about who could be next in the firing line.    Photograph: Jonathan Ernst

Cliff Taylor: As the US and China gear up for a trade war, there are dangers for Ireland

The MetroLink documents include an outline cost-benefit analysis and an engineering assessment as well as details of the emerging preferred route.

NTA says board kept appraised on project and recent announcement of preferred route

People take part in a protest in Dublin, in support of the woman at the centre of a rape trial after two Ireland ruby players were acquitted. Photograph: Tom Honan/PA Wire

Relationship between sport and sponsors often driven by public response

NTA’s Anne Graham and  Peter Walsh: cost/benefit estimates cover a 30-year period after the Metro starts appearing in 2027. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Transport-user benefits of €6.8bn to stem mainly from saved journey time, say experts

Cliff Taylor: We need solid evidence before starting this €4bn tunnel

Danny McCoy, chief executive of Ibec: said the Trump administration was ‘concerned this additional tax proposal is targeting US companies’. Photograph: Eric Luke

Lobby group also wary of Macron’s reform agenda

Cliff Taylor: Reform of tax paid by digital companies is now inevitable.

Cliff Taylor: How would it hit our tax revenues?

Britain’s Brexit secretary David Davis and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier at a  news conference in Brussels, on Monday. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Cliff Taylor: Key issue of Border remains despite agreement on backstop

US president Donald Trump at a St Patrick’s Day reception at the White House on Thursday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Attracting foreign investment to Ireland looks set to become more difficult

US treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Friday that the US “firmly opposes proposals by any country to single out digital companies”.

Proposed interim tax could reduce Irish tax take by several hundred million euro a year

The Border issue is showing no signs of going away. Photograph: PA Wire

Businesses are unlikely to get any more clarity after next week’s crucial summit

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe will have to decide how to play this one. Does he have to give some ground in the short term and hope to fight off the more serious measures ? Or does he just say “no”? Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

New charge chips away at the tax package which Ireland offers to foreign investors

European tax commissioner Pierre Moscovici and Greece’s finance minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, at the Ecofin meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

EU leaders to discuss proposed interim digital services tax at summit

The M1 motorway between Dundalk and Newry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Analysis: free movement of people will continue after Brexit – but issue of goods remains

Cars line up to cross into the US at the US-Canada border. The US-Canada border was rolled out again recently by Theresa May as one the ideas the UK was examining. Photograph: Getty Images

UK trying to fudge definition of a hard border as it seeks a way out of a trap of its own making

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank. A key indicator for the ECB is wage increases and a deal last month between German union IG Metall and employers for a 4.3 per cent rise over 27 months will have been seen as some evidence of a return to normal earnings growth.

Cliff Taylor: Irish borrowers could be hit in 2019 as bank continues to retreat from emergency measures

The bill proposes a new regime covering all home mortgages in arrears before January 1st, 2017. Photograph: iStock

Draft legislation would introduce Mortgage Resolution Office with wide powers

Günther Oettinger said funding allocated to the State under a  plan for 2021 to 2017 could be front-loaded to the start of the period.

Irish problem is a European problem, says budget commissioner Günther Oettinger

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will set his stall out against the digital tax plan at the EU summit on 22nd-23rd March. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

All likely outcomes carry significant dangers to Irish trade and jobs

Tariff decision: Donald Trump with American steel and aluminium executives at the White House on Thursday. Photograph: TJ Kirkpatrick/Bloomberg

Cliff Taylor: US president has imposed tariffs on imported steel and aluminium

Fergal O’Brien, chief economist at Ibec: said businesses still have no roadmap. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

EU’s draft withdrawal document has raised tensions - and the risk of talks collapsing

The UK is likely to continue to argue that some kind of special solution on the Irish Border will be enough to meet the commitments it made in December. Photograph: Getty Images

Draft of formal legal agreement setting down terms under which UK will leave the EU is published

PTSB has been criticised for turning down a request to appear before the Oireachtas finance committee to answer questions about its plans to sell €3.7bn in mortgages to vulture funds. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Lender is criticised after turning down request to answer questions on loan sale

 Britain’s Labour opposition leader, Jeremy  Corbyn’s formula of staying in the customs union does not solve the conundrum of the Irish Border

Cliff Taylor: For Irish businesses trying to plan for Brexit, the likely outcome here is still as clear as mud and the risk of a h(...)

Ten years after the crash we are left with some 50,000 residential mortgage accounts in arrears of over three months, and another 20,000 buy-to-let mortgages in a similar position. Photograph: Getty Images

The tracker mortgage affair is now being followed by the non-performing loan sell-off

Fianna Fail finance spokesperson, Michael McGrath. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

FG and FF discussing if new rules can help those whose mortgage loans are sold

 Fianna Fáil’s John Curran, Michael McGrath, John Lahart and Senator Catherine Ardagh at Leinster House on Tuesday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Varadkar indicates Government is willing to take on board concerns over PTSB loans

Computer-generated image Metro North: investment spending lets the economy grow more quickly by increasing its productive capacity.

Vital infrastructure can bolster economy but delivery will be a huge challenge

While a lot of the focus will be on the Metro and roads, a lot of the cash goes towards keeping the lights on

Most forecasters expect house prices to keep rising this year, but at a slower rate

Recent indications that price rises might be slowing quickly scotched by December data

Cost of Brexit: Copenhagen Economics estimates that the UK’s departure from the EU will cause the value of output from key parts of the agrifood sector to fall between 10 and 20 per cent by 2030. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Cliff Taylor: More than 30,000 Irish agrifood jobs at risk when UK leaves EU

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange  in New York City, the US, during this week’s stock market wobble. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Cliff Taylor: The Irish economy is in a sweetspot but it will not last

The Eurostat decision relates to the 14 big players who manage the vast bulk of social housing  stock in the State and build houses for rental.

Analysis: Decision on housing bodies to have limited initial impact on budget

Theresa May: Michel Barnier has warned the PM that “without a customs union and outside the single market, barriers to trade in goods and services are unavoidable”. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty

Cliff Taylor: EU has called the British PM’s bluff on soft Brexit. Something has to give

Cliff Taylor: We will just have to sit tight for a while now and see whether this is a passing squall or a full-scale storm.

Cliff Taylor answers the key questions

An NYSE trader reacts to Friday’s fall.

Stockmarkets hit hard by fears of higher interest rates and inflation

To stop the capital sprawling ever further outwards, Dublin needs to build upwards and become a much more dense city. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government not only has to come up with a good long-term plan but must sell it to us too

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at a European Council meeting in Brussels after phase one of Brexit negotiations concluded. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq

The next stage of EU-Britain negotiations will have a lexicon all of its own

François Villeroy de Galhau, governor of the Banque de France, speaking at the symposium on financial globalisation at the Central Bank. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

François Villeroy de Galhau speaking at Central Bank of Ireland event

Philip Lane: if the governor is not chosen this time, more ECB posts are coming up in 2019. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Cliff Taylor: The Central Bank governor is a strong runner, but Ireland may have to wait

Central Bank governor Philip Lane: to be nominated as a candidate for the job of ECB vice-president.

Minister for Finance informs Cabinet of decision to nominate Central Bank governor

Philip Lane, governor of the Central Bank: Mr Lane would also be seen as a strong contender for the job of ECB chief economist. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Front runner for ECB vice-presidency is a Spanish politician

Border argument: the sticking plaster was applied to this circular loop in December. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Cliff Taylor: It is unclear how Theresa May can navigate the next phase of talks

Has Denis had a Morgan Kelly moment when he has spotted something everyone else has missed?

Cliff Taylor: Is the Dublin office market ‘bubble’ ripe for bursting?

The “Trump bump” has been real. And despite all the noise and fury of the Trump administration, volatility on the market has been at its lowest  for years. Photograph: Getty Images

The Dow Jones index of shares has gained almost 33% since Trump’s inauguration

It would be interesting to hear a view from the Central Bank on what the rules mean for the borrower in the long term.

Cliff Taylor: Why aren’t the banks offering terms like this?

Like many other big companies, Apple had pushed the tax  game too far. What might have appeared to be a clever idea to a tax accountant looked like a flagrant playing of the system when it emerged into the light. Photograph: Getty Images

For years US companies have played the tax game, but the rule are now changing

Apple’s  campus in Cupertino, California. The tech company  built up an offshore cash pile of over $250 billion from profits earned offshore over many years, the bulk of them booked through Irish subsidiaries. Photograph: Jim Wilson/New York Times

Tech giant plans to make once-off $38bn tax payment to US for money it is repatriating

As well as signalling the repatriation of a massive overseas cash pile, the iPhone maker has said it will invest $30bn on US expansion. Photograph: Getty

Attention now falls on the tech giant’s appeal of the Commission’s €13bn state aid ruling

Eoghan Murphy: the Minister for Housing has suggested the local property tax might be based not solely on house prices. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Water-charges debate destroyed logical discussion of how to raise essential revenue

A review of the local property tax will focus on keeping bills for households roughly in line with current levels in the years ahead, the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, has indicated. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Paschal Donohoe says property tax review will focus on keeping bills at current levels

Beef and dairy products are left exposed by a potential no-deal Brexit – particularly some areas of the beef sector and cheddar cheese.

Ireland should be ready politically and economically for the worst-case scenario

It is understood that, following receipt of the initial assessments or legal, operational and regulatory issues before Christmas, the departments have now been asked for full lists on potential policy responses.   Photograph: Brian O’Leary/

Coveney says all departments are assessing ‘immediate legal or practical consequences’

The ECB looks set to signal in the months ahead that the period of extraordinary stimulus will slowly draw to an end.

Cliff Taylor: tracker mortgage rates will rise in tandem with any ECB rate hikes

The move to globalisation has fractured, with the election of Donald Trump and the Brexit vote seen in part as a political kickback, reflecting popular disillusionment of the trend to free trade and movement of people. Photograph: Getty Images

His death comes when economic impact of Trump election and Brexit is being grasped

Decimated construction industry: by 2011-13 work started on only 4,000-5,000 new homes a year. Builders went bust or into Nama.  Photograph: Eric Luke

The economic bounceback is benefiting many households but the legacy of the crash is still biting

How far has the economy come from the dark days of 2008? These charts tell the story

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has asked the Central Bank to report to him on culture within the banks. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Cliff Taylor: ‘Best-practice’ buzzwords do not mask Irish banks’ ripping-off of clients

“The younger generation always seem to lose in this housing lottery.” Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Wire

The Central Bank’s lending rules will be crucial to avoiding a repeat of old mistakes

What would be the basic goals of the rainy day fund? To smooth out economic ups and downs? Or would it be a piggy bank only to be smashed open in an emergency?

Ireland’s position remains vulnerable, despite the enormous progress of recent years

  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and  Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe. They have inherited an economy that continues to perform ahead of expectations. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Strong growth can help tackle challenges of Brexit, tax changes and higher interest rates

Post-truth drove into our lives in the shape of the Brexit bus and its claim that the UK could save £350 million a week through cutting contributions to the EU budget after Brexit. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images

From Brexit to Trump’s tax cuts, facts seem less influential than emotional appeals

The Bombardier dispute over its C-series jets illustrates how fractious international trade has become. Photograph: Bloomberg

The world of trade relationships in the Trump era is a harsh one

Taxing times: US president Donald Trump may have delivered a huge Christmas gift to corporate America. Photograph: Reuters

But hastily drawn Bill could yet spawn unintended consequences

Were Apple to drop its appeal, it would pay tax at the 12.5 per cent rate here – providing an unprecedented windfall for the Irish exchequer – and the balance of 3 per cent in the US.

New US tax law means Apple’s offshore cash will be subject to tax either here or in US

Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary. “The question now is whether O’Leary can become – or wants to become – the leader of what looks like becoming a more conventional-looking and behaving company.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Capitulation in face of threatened strike a challenge to chief’s buccaneering approach

The latest survey on income and living conditions from the Central Statistics Office shows incomes on average for 2016 of €20,597, returning in real terms to just below 2008 levels. Photograph: Alan Betson

Average incomes return to 2008 levels but significant numbers still struggling

Dublin Port: Ireland’s economic growth is strong and this will have a big impact on the political dynamic heading into 2018. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Big multinationals have messed up our economic data again, but growth is strong

In future all funding for domestic water services will come from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Exchequer finances rearranged so funding of domestic water services can come from State

The importance of the Facebook move is the signal it sends about the direction which one of the world’s biggest players believes the wind is blowing.  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Small countries need to take notice when big companies can decide where they pay tax

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