Teacher Joanne Conlon with pupils on their first day in class P1 at St John the Baptist Primary School in west Belfast, on Tuesday, as the pandemic continues unabated. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

More than £2 billion (€2.25 billion) has been spent on the response to the coronavirus pandemic in the North, according to a report published on Wedne(...)

Help To Buy was introduced in January 2017, and offers tax rebates of up to €20,000 to first-time buyers purchasing a new build house worth up to €500,000. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Irish Institutional Property (IIP), a recently-formed lobby group for large property investors here, has urged the Government to extend the Help To Bu(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe told the Budgetary Oversight Committee the Bill governing  use of the contingency fund “would allow me to use that funding to deal with those [Brexit] consequences”.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Using the State’s “rainy day fund” for Brexit planning would “lead to moral hazard”, according to briefing notes prepared by officials in the Departme(...)

Brian Hayes, CEO of Banking and Payments Federation Ireland. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

“It goes up and down like that,” says Brian Hayes, as he presses a button to move his hi-tech desk lower in the plush offices of the Banking & Pay(...)

Gabriel Makhlouf: Joan Burton called for the process of appointing Mr Makhlouf as governor of the Cental Bank to be paused because of controversy engulfing him in his native New Zealand, where he is head of the treasury.

The recruitment process to pick the next Central Bank of Ireland governor cost €70,236, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has disclosed, as his cho(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe told the Congress of the European Federation of Public Service Unions the best way to mitigate against risks posed by Brexit is to improve economy through ‘higher productivity’. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/ The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said Ireland will be the “second biggest losers” if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal on Octobe(...)

Central Bank of Ireland, Dublin. Gráinne McEvoy said the bank’s view was that the “no consent, no sale Bill” would not offer new or existing borrowers “any additional consumer protection”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

A senior official at the Central Bank of Ireland has told the Government that the Sinn Féin Bill giving mortgage holders a veto on their loans being s(...)

TK Whitaker at a press conference in Dublin in April 1975. Whitaker helped establish the ESRI.   Photograph: Tommy Collins/The Irish Times

In his history of modern Ireland, published in 1989, Joe Lee commented unfavourably on Ireland’s economics profession in the 1950s and 1960s. Lee’s cr(...)

Dealing with a non-performing mortgage on a family home  is a daily reality for 64,510 borrowers, according to   the Central Bank. Photograph: Sean Gladwell/Getty

The first five years of Mary’s mortgage were uneventful. She bought her house with her partner in 2010, in the teeth of the recession. Despite the eco(...)

A 70ft model of Gulliver  on Dollymount strand was among the projects for the Dublin Millennium. Photograph: Jack MacManus

The Republic’s capital celebrated the Dublin Millennium in 1988 even though, according to historians, the city was founded by the Vikings about 841. (...)

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