'We are unsure what type of Brexit the UK wants and, depending on the final EU-UK relationship, we are unsure as to how the Irish economy will react.'

Over nearly 30 years, with colleagues in the ESRI, we published regular assessments of Ireland’s economic prospects in the medium term. A continuing p(...)

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?

There is a long tradition of interviews with the Taoiseach and senior Government Ministers over the Christmas period. This year a key message from the(...)

“The economy was fully wound up from the late 1990s but, when mismanaged, it ran off the tracks in 2008.”

I am old enough to have played with a clockwork train as a child. One of the things it taught me was that, when fully wound up, the train could run v(...)

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has warned that although a sudden upsurge in house construction may be “necessary”, it would also be problematic in that it could spark “over-heating”. Photograph: Alan Betson

It seems it’s a case of “damned if we do and damned if we don’t” when it comes to fixing the crisis in the housing market. Estate agent Savills publ(...)

Economist Joseph Stiglitz said the State’s controversial tax deals with companies such as Apple are part of a corrupt global system that is fuelling inequality and political extremism.

The State this week stepped back from the brink. No, it wasn’t exactly the Cuban missile crisis, but the resignation of the now former tánaiste Franc(...)

Britain and the EU have reached agreement on the divorce bill, with London expected to pay more than €50 billion

Britain and the EU have reached agreement on the divorce bill, with London expected to pay more than €50 billion. While the final sum will only be agr(...)

House prices are rising at an annual rate of almost 13%.

The Central Bank has moved to tighten second-time home buyers’ access to large loans as property prices continue to rebound at pace from the financial(...)

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council says too fast a pick-up in construction jobs could force up wages and erode competitiveness. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Rapidly boosting the construction of housing supply may cause the economy to overheat, thus requiring counter-cyclical measures such as higher income (...)

Accounting Technicians Ireland president Dargan FitzGerald with Emer Duffy, lead sales manager, Sage, at the launch of ATI’s annual conference 2017, The Next Frontier. Photograph:  Conor McCabe Photography

MONDAY Results: Kainos. Indicators: German consumer confidence (Dec); US new home sales (Oct). TUESDAY Results: Cranswick, Falcon Oil & Ga(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said that multinationals have to contribute more to society. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Multinationals have to contribute more to society, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said, but he stopped short of agreeing to further Irish budge(...)

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