Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister for Climate Action Eamon Ryan. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government is to ask the Oireachtas to approve almost €2 billion in additional funding for the health service this week to deal with the Covid-19 (...)

There are currently 1,015 vacancies across the Defence Forces, a 350 per cent increase since the end of 2017. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins Dublin

The Government has “reneged” on its promise to stem the retention crisis in the Defence Forces and has allowed vacancies to increase by 350 per cent, (...)

Ireland is  engaged in an extraordinary and  risky economic experiment. We know the initial hit is huge. What we don’t know is the long term impact. Photograph: iStock

Precise economic forecasting has gone out the window in the current crisis. The world economy is off script. What happens next economically all depe(...)

The Parliamentary Budget Office said that in the event of an orderly Brexit or an extension beyond the October deadline, current economic growth indicators suggest an economy that may face a risk of overheating in the short to medium term. File photograph: Getty

The Government could face a bill of almost €1 billion in extra unemployment benefit over the next decade in the event of a disorderly Brexit, the Parl(...)

The Parliamentary Budget Office paper concludes that while the Help to Buy scheme may have been inflationary, the price inflection was not significant.  Photograph: Getty Images

The Government’s Help to Buy scheme did not have a “statistically significant impact” on the price of new properties, according to a paper published t(...)

Fine Gael TD Colm Brophy, chairman of the Committee on Budgetary Oversight: report notes  87 per cent of tax expenditures provided by the State do not have a sunset clause. Photograph: Tom Honan

The Committee on Budgetary Oversight has called for greater parliamentary scrutiny of so-called “tax expenditures” amid suggestions the State may be l(...)

The ESRI study found that gender differences were most pronounced during the austerity budgets of 2008-2012. Photograph: Istock

Women bore the brunt of Government decisions to cut welfare payments during the austerity years new research shows, with stay-at-home mothers and low-(...)

Persistently high housing costs will eventually erode the Republic’s competitiveness with workers demanding higher wages, the Parliamentary Budget Office warned. Photograph: Alan Betson

The housing crisis, if left unresolved, will have severe macroeconomic consequences in a number of fields over the longer term, the Parliamentary Budg(...)