Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said that multinationals have to contribute more to society. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Multinationals have to contribute more to society, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said, but he stopped short of agreeing to further Irish budge(...)

Apartment supply is the main concern when it comes to building costs, with house building seen as satisfactory by sources. Photograph: Neil Hall/Reuters

It is not financially viable for builders to construct “affordable apartments” with sales prices of between €240,000 and €320,000, a Government report(...)

The Government would do well to heed the advice from the Fiscal Advisory Council on the overall direction of Budget 2018. It has called on the Governm(...)

While a big increase on tax on tobacco is a racing certainty for the budget, recent evidence suggests that high taxes may be affecting buying behaviour. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

There are no easy targets. That is the difficulty for the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, as he tries to shape the October budget. As shown by (...)

“We have to be wary of having Brexit-eyed glasses on and viewing everything through that lens.” Photograph: François Lenoir/Photograph

A potential hard Brexit could have a greater impact on the Irish economy than anticipated in current forecasts, the chairman of the Fiscal Advisory Co(...)

Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe: the Taoiseach signalled during his Fine Gael leadership campaign that he would accelerate infrastructural projects such as motorways and Metro North. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government is to continue to set aside hundreds of millions of euro in a “rainy-day” fund even as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar diverts greater resources(...)

 Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe  says ‘people need to see that progress is being achieved and incomes are improving’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Wages should increase in “a controlled and sustainable’’ manner, Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has said. He(...)

The drive to woo investors to buy shares in AIB in the next month is well under way. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

British prime minister Theresa May’s gambit to increase her majority in the House of Commons backfired spectacularly this week as she lost her majorit(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan with governor of the Central Bank Philip R Lane. Are they right to dismiss the warnings of impending property bubble? Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

On the way down, we convinced ourselves it wasn’t happening, or at least most of us did. Warnings about the unsustainable nature of the Irish housing(...)

The sharp rise in prices and lending raises concerns that another bubble may be forming, according to the OECD. Photograph: Frank Miller

There were numerous housing narratives swirling around this week; only one of them seemed positive and all of them require robust political engagement(...)

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