Solar panels: Upfront costs for the retrofitting of homes, electric vehicles or access to renewable microgeneration make these services inaccessible to poorer households.  Photograph: Mike Blake

The 2019 climate action plan, taken at face value, aims to catapult Ireland from laggard to leader on climate action globally. Eye-catching proposals (...)

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe: Brexit makes an almost impossible backdrop for budget planning. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Two scenarios, but just one budget. Framing the Government budget is never easy – inevitably it is based on forecasts for the year ahead which may, or(...)

Boris Johnson (pictured) and foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt are the two remaining candidates for the Tory leadership.

Boris Johnson’s surge towards Downing St appeared to provoke a hardening of the rhetoric in Europe this week as EU leaders braced for a new phase – an(...)

The Government’s aim is to have 950,000 electric cars on the road by 2030. Photograph: iStock

Promising “radical change” in the wake of local elections in which the green vote came out in force is undoubtedly a good political tactic for a party(...)

ECB governor Mario Draghi this week sounded a clear alarm bell about the state of the euro zone economy. Photograph: AFP

The ECB’s official interest rates are already at zero – or lower. Yet this week Mario Draghi, the European Central Bank president, hinted they may fal(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said earlier this week that the Government will have to make a judgment call ahead of budget day on the most likely Brexit scenario, even as it plans in the meantime for both

Vacant development sites should be taxed more aggressively and loopholes being used by landowners closed to cut the cost of building homes and spur su(...)

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe has said he does not intend to revise Budget 2020 even if the Government is proven wrong in its call on Brexit. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Framing a budget requires, at the best of times, a degree of estimation and guesswork by a minister for finance and his minions on the economic and po(...)

The Border town of Muff, Co Donegal. Kieran McQuinn of the ESRI said the “worst possible outcome” on Brexit would be to have a contractionary budget under a scenario of a hard Brexit. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Brexit is already having a direct impact on the Republic’s economy as consumers are more cautious about spending than would normally be expected again(...)

Goodbody Stockbrokers’ chief economist said he expected 21,000 houses to be completed this year, down from an earlier forecast of 22,000. Photograph: Alan Betson

Vacant development sites should be taxed more aggressively and loopholes being used by landowners closed to cut the cost of building homes and spur su(...)

Goodbody’s Dermot O’Leary believes 21,000 houses will be completed this year, down from an earlier forecast of 22,000. Photograph: iStock

Fewer new properties will be built this year than previously expected on the back of a slowdown in house-price growth, a plateau in mortgage approvals(...)

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