26/11/20: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD arrives at the Convention Centre for a sitting of the Dail.Photograph by Crispin Rodwell for the Irish Times

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC) has developed an important role in independent commentary of the budgetary position and outlook which has see(...)

Irish mortgage interest rates are higher than other euro zone countries due in part to the high level of capital they are required to hold by regulators, according to the BPFI, the industry lobby group

Irish home owners could be paying less interest on their borrowings if European regulators applied looser capital rules to Irish-based banks, accordin(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure  Michael McGrath at the jobs stimulus briefing last July.

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC) should have a legal right to access information on budgetary matters, the Organisation for Economic Co-operat(...)

If people have been putting off planning for retirement, now is the time to give it some thought.

As we battle our way through the Covid-19 pandemic the Government has had to deal with an extraordinary crisis with no advance warning or time for pre(...)

The vital factor which has allowed countries to spend, without worrying about immediate problems on the markets, is rock bottom interest rates combined with massive Central Bank support. Photograph: iStock

Interest rates at, or below, zero and massive monetary expansion by central banks is helping the Republic and other countries to meet the cost of the (...)

We entered this crisis with the exchequer finances more or less in balance, which has helped in shaping the response. So, of course, has the extraordinary market interventions of the European Central Bank (ECB). Photograph: Daniel Roland/ AFP via Getty Images

Ireland’s national debt at the end of this year could be close to €240 billion, according to the latest annual report on the State’s indebtedness from(...)

Paschal Donohoe: is to establish a commission on tax and welfare as the Government seeks a way to pay for a bigger State in the years ahead. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government faces a fraught financial juggle in dealing with the pandemic and its aftermath. So here’s the good news. The annual report on the na(...)

Siptu general secretary Joe Cunningham: ‘The cost of borrowing is so low that it almost pays you to borrow in the current environment’

The Government should be prepared to borrow for productive investments in areas such as health, housing and education to boost the economy in a post-C(...)

Some 43 per cent of all receipts were from 10 corporate groups in 2019 and 77 per cent of total receipts were from foreign-owned multinationals. Photograph: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images

A move by Facebook to repatriate most of its intellectual property from the Republic back to the United States underscores risks to the State’s multin(...)

The costs of so-called non-tariff barriers – the customs procedures, bureaucracy and delays which will apply even if there is a deal – can cost as much or more as tariffs. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Irish businesses have been keeping their fingers crossed for months that a Brexit trade deal can be done. The UK’s exit from the EU single market and (...)

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