Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe. The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council’s  chairman said the Government’s target of a small budget surplus of €600 million this year was “totally inappropriate”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Government is still using windfall revenue from corporation tax to paper over cracks in its day-to-day spending, the State’s fiscal watchdog has w(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will tell the Oireachtas Budgetary Oversight Committee it is “critical that the expenditure position for Budget 2020 is managed within the parameters set out in the mid-year expenditure report”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Government departments have been warned there will be no extra money available in the budget over and above what has already been pledged. The Iris(...)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson gesticulates as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar delivers remarks at Government buildings.

UK prime minister Boris Johnson arrived on the steps of Government buildings this week with the tail of his shirt hanging out, and with the look of a (...)

European Stability Mechanism managing director Klaus Regling hailed Ireland’s economic development.

European Stability Mechanism (ESM) managing director Klaus Regling warned on Friday that the Republic faces a “very challenging” situation as it deal(...)

Pro-Brexit protesters outside the Houses of Parliament in London. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

Brexit could leave a major hole in the Government’s budget, requiring it to cut spending or raise taxes, the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has warned.(...)

With chaos reigning in Westminster, would it be prudent to put off the budget until there is more certainty on the Brexit front? Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

The skies above Government Buildings may be mercifully short of kites this autumn, but there appears to be no curtailing of the annual circus around O(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  with British prime minister Boris Johnson at Government Buildings in Dublin on September 9th, ahead of intensive discussions on Brexit.  “Managing the public finances will be no easy task if there is a no-deal Brexit.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/AFP/Getty Images

The Government faces a difficult job in agreeing the shape of Budget 2020, due to be presented on October 8th. In all likelihood, the Brexit outcome w(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is taking ‘seriously’ Patrick Honohan’s warning about overreliance on corporation tax.

Minster for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he is taking seriously a warning that billions of euro pouring into the public purse from corporation tax cou(...)

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe at Government Buildings. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The Government is on course for another record tax take this year thanks to the ongoing windfall in corporation tax. However, Minister for Finance Pa(...)

A currency exchange board in London: Sterling has fallen by as much as 2.7 per cent to as low as 91.9p against the euro – a level not seen in almost two years – since Boris  Johnson took office. Photograph: Will Oliver

The prospect of a disorderly Brexit is still not fully priced into currency markets, a senior Central Bank official has said, even as sterling has bee(...)

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