Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Children Katherine Zappone at the launch of a childcare support campaign. Childcare costs are preventing people from working, an Oireachtas committee said. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The State could be hit with fines of up to €610 million in 2020 for failing to meet its EU climate targets, the Oireachtas Committee on Budgetary Over(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: said “only €350 million remains to be allocated to specific measures” in the budget. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has ruled out any surprise budget-day increase in spending, insisting the fiscal space available to the Governmen(...)

Staff watch Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Business Frances Fitzgerald officially open LinkedIn’s Europe, Middle East and Africa headquarters in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary lifted his hands off the table and raised his eyebrows on Thursday when it was put to him at the company’s agm that some(...)

The proposals for deepening economic and monetary union within the euro zone  were discussed by the Cabinet after a briefing from Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney

Corporation tax harmonisation plans across the euro zone pose a bigger threat to Ireland than the departure of the UK from the European Union, the hea(...)

A Construction Industry Federation (CIF) submission to the Oireachtas Committee on Budgetary Oversight warns shortfalls in State spending on roads, housebuilding and other services threaten future growth. Photograph: Frank Miller

Tackling bottlenecks in transport, housing and other key areas will require the Republic to tap additional sources of cash from Europe, builders will(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: was before the Oireachtas Committee on Budgetary Oversight reaffirming plans for a €1 billion adjustment with €300-€400 million likely to go towards further reductions in the universal social charge. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Budget 2017 is just a couple of weeks out at this stage – and with it the first real test of the State’s first minority Government. With the likeliho(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: said he believed eliminating VAT on condoms would not have a significant impact on sexual behaviour. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said scrapping the 13.5 per cent VAT on condoms would not lower the rate of sexually transmitted infections ((...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  addresses the Oireachtas Committee on Budgetary Oversight

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has again defended Government plans to phase out the universal social charge (USC), suggesting the move represente(...)

Economist Seamus Coffey says the anomaly in gross domestic product  is likely to impact the upcoming budget arithmetic. Photograph:  David Sleator

The colossal 26 per cent jump in Irish economic growth last year is unlikely to be repeated, according to economist Seamus Coffey, who described it a(...)

Gabriel Fagan, chief economist who said the  bank was forecasting GDP growth of just under 5% this year. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The number of people at work is expected to grow by 70,000 this year and next, Central Bank chief economist Gabriel Fagan has said. He added unemplo(...)

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