Cliff Taylor

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A closed shop on Dublin’s Henry Street. Official policy represents a gamble. The main bet is that we won’t have to wait too long before a  vaccine arrives. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Conventional wisdom has rarely changed so quickly. This needs to be remembered when trying to figure out what happens next. We were originally told (...)

Dublin city centre in lockdown: “Each time there is a lockdown, fewer jobs will return after the reopening and fewer businesses will make it back. The floor level of unemployment will rise.” Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The gap between the people whose income and jobs are being hit by the pandemic and those largely unaffected risks being turned into a chasm by the new(...)

The Irish economy is likely to contract by around 1.3%  in the fourth quarter, according to Davy stockbrokers economist Conall Mac Coille

Economists have warned that GDP is now likely to fall again in the final quarter of the year and the unemployment rate will head back over 20 per cent(...)

A woman passes a mural in Dublin city centre as the  Government prepares  to sign off on plans to introduce further country-wide restrictions. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Irish economic recovery from the first Covid-19 recession looks set to be halted by tough new restrictions. Not only in Ireland but across Euro(...)

Analysts say AIB needs to find an additional €200 million in savings to reach 2022 profit targets. Photograph: Tom Honan

A multibillion-euro stimulus fund to bolster the economy from the fallout of both Covid-19 and Brexit is to be one of the key planks of the Governmen(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath: Budget 2021 will be all about Covid-19 and key areas such as housing and the green agenda. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

It will be a budget like nothing we have seen before – framed by the extraordinary circumstances and unprecedented uncertainty caused by the pandemic.(...)

Paschal Donohoe confirmed that a major recovery fund would be put in place to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Government spending is set to increase sharply next year as billions are allocated to fight the pandemic and boost investment. Pre-budget figures show(...)

Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government deficit this year is set to come in below the bottom of its previously estimated range, as strong tax revenues help the figures. Earli(...)

Minister for Public Spending Michael McGrath.

Government spending this year is set to come in at €86.5 billion, more than €16 billion higher than the revised estimates published earlier in the yea(...)

Retail Ireland said a shutdown would have had “a devastating impact on thousands of businesses and jobs”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

The Government took one look at the damage that a move to Level 5 restrictions would have caused to the economy and decided not to go there. Not yet a(...)

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