Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney: urged businesses to prepare for Brexit, saying they should see the €3.4 billion of “scarce taxpayers’ money” the Government has earmarked for economic recovery post-Brexit as a sign that it sees the possibility of a “no trade deal Brexit” as a “very real risk”.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Striking a trade deal between the EU and the UK before the end of the transition period in 70 days is “doable but difficult”, Minister for Foreign Aff(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe during a photocall at Government Buildings prior to the announcement of Budget 2021.  Photograph:   Julien Behal

This week’s budget saw plans for an unprecedented hike in Government spending. The total package was close to €18 billion, including the roll-forward (...)

 There is €340m committed to Brexit-related spending next year, including on compliance required at ports and airports after the UK’s departure comes into effect on January 1st. File photograph: Alan Betson

The Government’s record €17.75 billion budget factors in the high probability of a hard Brexit with no EU-UK deal by the end of the transition period,(...)

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties has written to the European Commission urging it to limit transfers of data from the EU to the UK after Brexit.

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has written to the European Commission urging it to limit transfers of data from the EU to the UK after B(...)

The WTO said on Thursday that the two women were the remaining candidates for director-general after the field was cut from five to two. Photograph: Fabrice CoffriniI / AFP via Getty Images

Former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and South Korean trade minister Yoo Myung-hee are the final candidates to head the World Trade O(...)

 It’s too early to say how we’ll fare under Brexit but the initial signs don’t look good. Photograph: Alan Betson

Barely a week goes by without some dire warning about the Irish economy. We’ve been in the crosshairs of Brexit for four years, at the centre of a glo(...)

 Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said there would be no change to income tax credits or bands, USC or PRSI. Photograph: Kay Nietfeld/DPA via AP, Pool

The Government will not make any changes to income tax in next month’s Budget, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has indicated. With Covid-19 case(...)

While the UK remains the most important market for Irish beef, farmers are exporting successfully into other countries and sales continue to grow year on year.

Brexit talks between London and Brussels have ramped up in recent weeks with the hope that a free trade agreement can be reached before the clock runs(...)

Paschal Donohoe said Budget 2021 will focus on providing further support to the coronavirus-hit economy. Photograph: Julien Behal

The Government will frame next month’s Budget on the basis of a no-deal Brexit and will not bring in any major taxation increases, Minister for Financ(...)

 British prime minister Boris Johnson departs 10 Downing Street following a cabinet meeting in London, Britain, on Tuesday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Downing Street has warned the House of Lords against attempting to block the UK Internal Market Bill, which would break international law by giving Br(...)

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