Total gross wealth, before subtracting debt, is €667.4 billion – of which around 60 per cent is accounted for by principal private residences. Photograph: iStock

Data on Irish wealth is limited – so a new Central Bank paper with an assessment of the latest estimates of the average assets of Irish households is (...)

The Irish Hairdressers Federation says the Covid-related closures between March and June have shown the important role of local hairdressers in Irish society. Photograph: Getty Images

An umbrella group representing hundreds of hairdressers across the State has called for the VAT rate applied to the sector to be reduced to 5 per cent(...)

A quick glance might have left shoppers with the distinct impression that the labels were clear signs of good news. Photograph: iStock

Anyone taking a stroll up and down the aisles of Lidl in recent weeks might have had their heads turned by the flurry of bright red labels advertising(...)

Ernest Blythe: cut the old-age pension by a shilling a week in his 1924 budget

One of the most “unlucky deeds” ever carried out by a minister for finance was when Ernest Blythe cut the old-age pension by one shilling per week in (...)

The research by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and the Department of Finance found there was limited overlap between the sectors at risk from a hard Brexit and those most impacted by the pandemic. Illustration: Getty Images

The shock to the Irish economy from a no-deal Brexit could be exacerbated by the Covid-19 crisis, a new study has indicated. The research by the Econ(...)

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said there would be no change to income tax credits or bands, USC or PRSI. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/DPA via AP, Pool

The Government will not make any changes to income tax in next month’s Budget, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has indicated. With Covid-19 case(...)

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure  Michael McGrath: National debt may hit 125 per cent of GNI*.  Photograph: Julien Behal

Whether this is the public servants warning Ministers, or Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael (...)

Chief economist at the Department of Finance John McCarthy said the economy is in a ‘finely balanced position’. Photograph: The Irish Times

The Government will be forced to walk a fine line in next month’s budget with debt levels spiralling and the prospect of a no-deal Brexit looming, the(...)

The paper notes that ‘fast car fleet renewal . . . can significantly add to overall emissions due to the relatively high emissions embedded in the manufacturing and end-of-life cycle of a car’. File photograph: Getty

Increasing the price of diesel at the pumps and overhauls to the motor-tax regime are among the recommendations of the Tax Strategy Group’s pre-budget(...)

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien: will establish a working group to look at  solutions for owners of homes impacted by flawed building practices.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney

Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien has committed to setting up a working group to examine potential solutions for owners of homes impacted by the le(...)

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