Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaks to media outside the European Financial Forum 2020 at Dublin Castle on Wednesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

There’s “no dressing it up” that the election was a “bad day for Fine Gael”, party leader Leo Varadkar has said. In an email to party members on Thur(...)

A Green Reit site at Molesworth Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A British property company sought a concession from the Government to avoid a tax bill of up to €65 million on a significant deal it had struck in Ir(...)

The Central Bank of Ireland: growth may also slow as the economy approaches full capacity. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

It is a fair bet that the Central Bank’s call in its latest quarterly bulletin that economic policy be set to guard against future shocks will not be (...)

The Central Bank buildings in the North Wall area of Dublin’s docklands. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Central Bank of Ireland’s oversight body has approved its budget for this year which includes €350 million in operating costs. But the governor, G(...)

Sinn Féin has called for tax cuts for lower-earners to be paid for by hikes on the better-off. Fianna Fáil’s manifesto calls for some relief for low- and middle- earners and no significant rises

It will be some time before the likely shape of the next government becomes clear. But with Sinn Féin having taken centre stage, how would its economi(...)

The Department of Finance accused the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council of misrepresenting the main findings of a report on Ireland’s corporation tax take.

The Department of Finance accused the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (Ifac) of misrepresenting the main findings of a paper on Ireland’s corporation ta(...)

UK government officials were in Dublin this week for a series of meetings with the Department of Finance, the Central Bank and various business groups. Photograph: iStock

The UK has doubled its embassy staff in Dublin over the past two years in a bid to maintain strong relations after Brexit. A spokeswoman confirmed th(...)

Should the State play a greater role in areas such as childcare and housing? The voters will have their say on Saturday.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

As the election enters the final lap, economic policies remain a key focus, particularly those related to spending in areas such as housing. The campa(...)

VAT generated a near record €2.7 billion and accounted for nearly half of the total amount of tax collected in January, which was €5.9 billion.

Strong returns from income tax and VAT saw the State’s tax take increase by 10 per cent in January, compared with the same period last year. The late(...)

While polls over the last year have shown an increased interest in tackling climate change, this appears to have evaporated now that an election is under way. Photograph:  Getty Images

After the 1977 election and before the new Fianna Fáíl government was formed, I travelled to Brussels with a senior Department of Finance colleague. O(...)

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