John Moran, former secretary general at the Department of Finance and now the head of the new Land Development Agency. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

So many Irish problems stem from one thing – poor planning. That was the takeaway from this year’s Dublin Economics Workshop conference, which took pl(...)

Prof Kieran McQuinn of the ESRI said modelling the impact of a no-deal Brexit was extremely difficult. Photograph: Jenny Barker

Brexit may have inadvertently stopped the Irish economy from overheating, a leading economist has claimed. “In a strange way it has helped cool the e(...)

John Moran: ‘If you look at everything I’m involved in, there’s always a challenge at the heart of it.’ Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

John Moran, the former mandarin who was at the heart of some testy exchanges with EU paymasters during Ireland’s bailout years, may be an unlikely ste(...)

Is Ireland the right place at the right time for phantom investments? The Minister for Business, Heather Humphreys pictured at IDA Ireland’s annual results last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

As talks on global corporate tax reform reach a crunch stage, the State’s reputation continues to take heavy hits. One recent report said that the bul(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is taking ‘seriously’ Patrick Honohan’s warning about overreliance on corporation tax.

Minster for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he is taking seriously a warning that billions of euro pouring into the public purse from corporation tax cou(...)

‘Whatever happens with Brexit in the end is likely to be bad news for Ireland, assuming of course there isn’t a second referendum and the UK decides to stay in.’

The European Commission this week described Brexit as a “singular event” that “could constitute a major disaster”. The EU’s executive arm signalled it(...)

 Minister for Business Heather Humphreys, Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and European Affairs Minister Helen McEntee at the ‘Getting Your Business Brexit Ready’ campaign launch this week. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

It may have been a portent. Shortly before three Ministers were due at the RDS on Wednesday to reassure businesses that there is a plan for a no-deal (...)

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe at Government Buildings. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government is on course for another record tax take this year thanks to the ongoing windfall in corporation tax. However, Minister for Finance Pa(...)

More leeway: Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe has had some good news regarding his budgetary arithmetic.

The Government will come under renewed pressure for tax cuts in next month’s budget, with the latest exchequer returns showing it has raised an extra (...)

Minister of State at the Department of Finance Michael D’Arcy.  When asked if the Government will ease pay caps as it considers a report by consultants Korn Ferry, the Minister said: “I’m of the view the decision’s made.”

Minister of State at the Department of Finance Michael D’Arcy has indicated the Government will stand firm on pay restrictions across bailed-out banks(...)

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