Infectious disease specialist  Prof Sam McConkey was criticised in many quarters for his perceived negativity when he urged caution on the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. File photograph: Getty

A predilection for too much consensus or groupthink has often caused us harm in out country. Like buffalo, a significant number of Irish people prefer(...)

One of the charges incorrectly levelled at institutional investors is that we are so-called “cuckoo funds” that prevent first-time buyers from getting on to the property ladder. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government has outlined how it will carefully and on a staged basis reopen Ireland. With clarity, comes purpose. The economic predictions outlined(...)

Dr Tony Holohan said he was ‘more firmly of the view’ against recommending lifting restrictions than he had been last week. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Nursing home patients diagnosed with Covid-19 are less likely than others to be admitted to hospital for treatment, new figures show. While 14 per ce(...)

How would Ireland cope with the loss of its corporation tax bonanza? That’s just one of the big questions that will challenge the next government. Photograph: Alan Betson

If the next government – to be elected on February 8th – serves its full term, it will still be in office in 2025. What voters have to consider, there(...)

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty: “The DUP should not have a veto on Brexit.”

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty has warned the Minister for Finance “not to use Brexit as an excuse” in the forthcoming Budget. Minister(...)

No Child 2020: the Government should start to get rid of the biggest waste of resources: child poverty

Over the next few weeks, the Government will be putting the finishing touches to Budget 2020. Everybody knows that the budget will be framed in a cont(...)

The Summer Statement, published yesterday by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, tries to walk a line between two possible outcomes – a continuation of relatively strong growth on one hand and the risk of a sharp economic shock from a no-deal Brexit on the other. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Budget planning starts in earnest this year against the backdrop of an unusual level of uncertainty, related largely to the risk of a no-deal Brexit. (...)

Prof Seamus Coffey, chair of the Fiscal Advisory Council: not the most popular person around Government Buildings these days.  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

He will not be ignoring the Fiscal Advisory Council, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said on Tuesday, following the publication of stinging criti(...)

Fianna Fáil’s McGrath told the Dáil the Fiscal Advisory Council and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform had warned that the Government’s medium-term plans were not credible ahead of this year’s budget. File Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government has made unfunded commitments costing more than €4 billion with money that it simply does not have, Fianna Fáil has claimed. The party(...)

The issue of Government spending has been one of main the topics of the local and European elections, with TDs from all parties reporting voter concern about projects such as the national children’s hospital and the National Broadband Plan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fianna Fáil has called on the State’s fiscal watchdog to carry out an official examination of the Government’s budgetary figures because it claims Fin(...)

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