Cliff Taylor

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‘We are in some kind of parallel universe where everyone wants to be in government, just not this time around.’ File photograph: Aidan Crawley

It’s not so much a slow bicycle race, more a case of musical chairs. Everyone, it seems, hopes that when the music stops they will get a seat in oppos(...)

The Treasury Building, home to the NTMA:  the agency says it aims to raise a minimum of €6 billion this year and a maximum of €10 billion. Photograph: Eric Luke Staff/The Irish Times

The National Treasury Management Agency is to take advantage of historically low market interest rates to hold bond auctions in mid-April and mid-May(...)

Recently a group of SMEs and farmers with loans from Ulster Bank were  given until the end of this month to refinance their loans.  Photograph: Alan Betson

What do you do if your bank tells you that your loans may be sold on, if you cannot put a plan forward to refinance them by a certain date? Many bor(...)

The value of the Irish Strategic Investment Fund rose almost 11% in 2015.

AIB and Bank of Ireland had repaid 31 per cent of the bailout funds that they received from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund by the end of last (...)

Labour leader Joan Burton at the count at Phibblestown community centre, Dublin. ‘We stand on the brink of a potentially exciting economic and social programme for a new government. However, the talk is not of this, but of party political advantage.’ Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Is it really that toxic being in an Irish government? Following the Coalition’s electoral mauling we now, as one observer put it to me this week, see (...)

 Pudsy Ryan, apparently a schoolboy character in an old missionary magazine who had trouble with his schoolwork got a mention this week.

As one observer put it to me, the Coalition may be feeling a bit like Churchill after the second World War, when the British public more or less said (...)

In a way, the parties have been given a free pass to engage in giveaway electioneering by a new concept, given a horrific name which sounds like a Star Trek episode – “the fiscal space”.

It’s like we never had an economic crisis and we are back in the Bertie Ahern days of the late 1990s and early 2000s, when elections were fought on ho(...)

This move from membership of the group with good wine and good weather, to the gang with good beers and bad weather is not some money market irrelevance.

Are we really ready to be boring, prudent northern Europeans? It may have passed you by but this week Ireland borrowed money for 10 years on the inter(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin: they will present new figures before the weekly Cabinet meeting. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

The Government is to revise down its borrowing target for this year in the light of exchequer returns for 2015, to be published today, which will show(...)

Isme chief executive Mark Fielding: indicators for current and future sales in an Isme survey are at their highest level in eight years. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The economy has been in what Ibec has called a “sweet spot” over the past year or more – and the SME sector seems to be finally reaping some gains. N(...)

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