There is more in common with the way Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael allocate funds than there are differences.

Perhaps the crisis has changed Irish election campaigns – at least a bit. The line- up of promise after promise continues, based on a benign economic (...)

There is always a  risk is that the parties will   try to win our votes with promises funded by money that may not materialise. Photograph: PA

The parties are about to launch their manifestos. And as their basis they will be using updated Department of Finance estimates for the public finance(...)

Former chair of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council Seamus Coffey. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A new chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council will have to be appointed by the next government following the recent decision by UCC economist Se(...)

The Department of Finance estimates that €11 billion will be available over the next five years to allow spending to rise, taxes to be cut and some money to be put aside in case trouble hits.

The latest budget forecasts from the Department of Finance gives the political parties a bit of a free pass in outlining their spending and tax polici(...)

“Fine Gael will play on the strong economy, the budget surplus and record employment – with plenty of digs at Fianna Fáil’s record during the last period of strong growth.”  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The key battleground for the election is already becoming clear. Fine Gael will play on the strong economy, the budget surplus and record employment –(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has to balance demand with resources.

At its core, economics is about balancing demands – in Ireland’s case demands for better housing and better health services – with scarce resources. (...)

Department of Finance chief economist John McCarthy said the €1.5 billion surplus would be used to boost the cash balances of the National Treasury Management Agency. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The Government’s tax take has almost doubled since the low point of the crash in 2010, according to the latest exchequer returns. They show that the (...)

It is estimated that US multinationals were holding more than a $1 trillion (€890 billion) in profits offshore via mechanisms such as the double Irish by the end of 2017. Photograph: AFP via Getty

First things first, what is the double Irish? It’s best described as a loophole or a quirk in the Irish tax code that allows companies to incorporate(...)

Verona Murphy votes at Ramsgrange Parish Hall in Wexford during a byelection in late November. File photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

End of the year, end of the decade; time to reflect and assess. Doubtless you’ll read plenty reviews of 2019 and of the 2010s over the coming days as (...)

 Construction cranes in Dublin.  Since 2014 the Irish economy has grown by over 50%, placing it ahead of China in the global growth charts. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Ireland doesn’t do stability. After a brutal economic crash and an equally savage austerity programme, the Irish economy has put in five years of what(...)

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