Paschal Donohoe: tricky decisions ahead. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The current account of the balance of payments is a key indicator of the state of the economy, and a deterioration is an important signal of likely tr(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. If we have been running a significant deficit in 2016, the right response should be a tough budget. Photograph: Alan Betson

A key indicator of the health of any economy is the current account of the balance of payments. This covers the financial flows relating to the differ(...)