Ibec chief economist Fergal O’Brien and director general Danny McCoy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Employers’ group Ibec is calling for a major overhaul of the State’s National Development Plan (NDP) and an additional €70 billion in spending on key (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe delivers Budget 2020 in the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will probably never frame a budget against a more uncertain backdrop. Covid-19 has caused an economic shock three(...)

Michael McGrath was told the current public service pay deal expires at the end of this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Existing budgets may not cover the ultimate cost of mega-infrastructure projects like MetroLink, BusConnects and the M20 Limerick-Cork motorway, the D(...)

The Shannon pipeline will abstract water from the lower River Shannon at the Parteen Basin in Co Tipperary, with water treatment at the nearby village of Birdhill.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The cost of a major pipeline project aimed at increasing water supply to the Greater Dublin Area is “likely to exceed” the estimated €1.3 billion cite(...)

Danny McCoy, chief executive of Ibec. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy will call for the immediate removal of quarantine restrictions related to coronavirus and the replacement of the 2m s(...)

 Danny McCoy: “The Covid-19 pandemic is a truly seminal moment in our lives, posing enormous challenges to the way humanity has organised itself over recent decades.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Employers’ group Ibec has called for a €15 billion reboot of the Irish economy to curb the effects of coronavirus and address some of the State’s majo(...)

Participants and guests at the UN climate summit  in Katowice, Poland.  Photograph: EPA/Andrzej Grygiel

The message from UN climate talks in Katowice, Poland, this week was stark, so much so that governments had to be more ambitious in responding to clim(...)

The latest UN report on climate change ‘paints in stark terms the reality of the impact of our current trajectory of global emissions,’ Denis Naughten said. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Government is fully committed to placing Ireland on the trajectory to deliver the deep emissions reductions needed, the Minister for Climate Actio(...)

Among the targets are achieving 32 per cent use of renewable energy sources and meeting a 32 per cent target in energy efficiency. File photograph: PA

While Ireland is unlikely to meet EU decarbonisation and renewable energy targets for 2020, “an ambitious, but realistic, climate and energy roadmap” (...)

Temple Bar area: Irish Tourist Industry Confederation fears a  “no deal” Brexit could cost Irish tourism up to €260 million in 2019.

The tourism industry has called for an extra €50 million to be allocated annually to the State agencies Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland. In its p(...)

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