Alan Mcquaid

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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe  .Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons / THE IRISH TIMES

The Government’s finances are on target for the first time this year, the latest exchequer returns reveal. The figures for May show the Government h(...)

Philip Lane, governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, believes the Irish economy would be better able to withstand another crash. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Central Bank’s money and banking statistics are a pretty dry bunch of numbers at the best of times, but they provide a simple snapshot of the bank(...)

Clothing and footwear rose 1.6% in March, increases  linked to the end of the early-year sales

Inflationary pressure in the Irish economy remains extremely weak, with the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) showing prices nationally rose by only 0(...)

The “weak” results point to a “disappointing start to 2018”, said Alan McQuaid, economist with Merrion stockbrokers. Photograph: iStock

Irish industrial output fell off in January amid an uncertain environment for Irish producers given ongoing issues surrounding Brexit. Figures relea(...)

Excluding motor trades, there was a decrease of 0.3 per cent in the volume of retail sales in October compared with September. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

The volume of retail sales was up 4.5 per cent in October compared with the same period last year, but was flat compared with September, the latest fi(...)

Where free childcare is available in Ireland, such as through the Early Childhood Care and Education scheme, the hours are limited. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Irish girls outperform boys in most subjects in the Leaving Certificate; in professional exams, such as accountancy, females are again to the fore; an(...)

The driving force behind Irish exports was once again medical and pharmaceutical products

The value of Irish exports rose 1 per cent to €9.3 billion in September, while imports fell 3 per cent to €5.7 billion. This resulted in a trade surp(...)

Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank. He signalled the bank  is unlikely to begin a cycle of rate hikes until at least 2019.

Irish mortgage holders are likely to benefit from the current climate of ultra-low interest rates for another two years with European Central Bank chi(...)

The latest figures from the CSO showed production on a monthly basis was 0.4 per cent higher in September. Photograph: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Irish manufacturing output fell by 3.2 per cent on an annual basis in September amid concerns over the impact of Brexit on exports. The latest figure(...)

Photograph: Alan Betson

Risk-averse Irish consumers are continuing to keep their money on deposit despite the near zero rate of return. The Central Bank’s latest monthly ba(...)

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