Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: “High taxes on the middle classes are a barrier to opportunity and to work.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The great and the good in Fine Gael gathered in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, this week for the party’s annual think-in, where Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Min(...)

The proposals for deepening economic and monetary union within the euro zone  were discussed by the Cabinet after a briefing from Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney

Corporation tax harmonisation plans across the euro zone pose a bigger threat to Ireland than the departure of the UK from the European Union, the hea(...)

Seamus Coffey:  his review comes in the wake of controversies over Ireland’s tax regime, including the European Commission’s ruling  that Apple should repay €13 billion in back taxes. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland’s corporate tax code meets the highest standards internationally, a Government-commissioned report has concluded. And it says the recent surge(...)

Every increase in homebuilding of about 10,000 units adds about 1 per cent to the level of economic activity. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

While success may bring its own rewards, for the Government it brings new headaches. The economic recovery since 2012 has transformed the Irish labo(...)

The recent surge in corporation tax from foreign companies corresponds to €1,500 for every household in the country. Photograph: Getty Images

Next year should see Ireland have a balanced government budget for the first time in a decade. The huge deficit between government income and spending(...)

Minister of State for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, has called all 31 of the Republic’s local authority leaders to an “emergency summit on housing and homelessness” next month

Ireland’s ongoing crisis with affordable housing gets plenty of airing in the papers with the head of the Housing Agency telling the Sunday Business P(...)

  Frances Fitzgerald  told the Dáil  the Government recognised the economic implications of a hard Brexit. Photograph: Stephen Collins /Collins Photos

The Government would take “prudent’’ decisions in the run-up to the October budget, Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has said. She told the Dáil on Thursd(...)

The Department of Finance is forecasting growth of 4.3 per cent this year, whereas the ESRI and the Central Bank suggest growth of 3.5 per cent to 4 per cent. Photograph: Frank Miller

Governments generally hope and pray for higher growth to unleash additional resources to improve public services or cut taxes. However, wise governmen(...)

For public servants, the pay deal delivers average rises of 6.6 per cent by 2020, or just over 2 per cent a year.

The pay increases in the proposed new public pay deal will use up about one-third of the total room for spending increases and tax cuts in the October(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan attributed current dynamics to “a lack of supply”. Photograph: The Irish Times

Michael Noonan has played down warnings about a new property bubble and the economy overheating because of housing construction, attributing current d(...)