Professor John McHale, Chairman of  Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. Criticised Budget 2016.Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Should we ignore the spirit of the EU fiscal rules which require countries with deficits to reduce them faster in times of economic growth simply beca(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan’s budget package will carry much more political than economic significance. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

It is sometimes tempting to conclude that policy-making in Ireland is made up as we go along, and that priorities are assigned to those who shout the (...)