Dan O Brien

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Computer services exports – the biggest services export – stood at €9.4 billion in the first quarter. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The surplus on Ireland’s balance of international payments stood at €1.2 billion in the first quarter of 2013, according to the CSO – the first time s(...)

Spending by consumers registered its biggest ever quarterly contraction in the January-March period, exceeding even the falls during the worst of the downturn in 2008-09

Yesterday’s economic numbers were ugly. Both the domestic and export sides of the economy contracted sharply in the first three months of the year, wh(...)

“We Irish have a habit of arriving at a consensus and then closing down debate. Unfortunately, ‘the bank guarantee cost us €64 billion’ narrative has become one such consensus.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Why was the management of Anglo Irish Bank not removed as a condition of granting the September 30th, 2008, liabilities guarantee given that the bank (...)

The Irish economy shrank in the first three months of the year, pushing the country back into recession, according to new figures from the Central Sta(...)

Economist John FitzGerald and Dr Alan Ahearne of National University of Ireland Galway. Photo: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

A leading economist and one-time advisor to the former minister of finance Brian Lenihan has proposed imposing a tax on tracker mortgages. Dr Alan A(...)

Ireland’s low tax revenue compared to peer countries is accounted for by relatively low levels of tax paid by those at the lower end of the income (...)

Yesterday, the US 10-year [bond] rose above the 2.4 per cent threshold for the first time in two years. The equivalent German bond has gone from 1.2 per cent in early May to close to 1.7 per cent, a six-month high.

Just over three years ago, a run on the Irish economy began. Among other things, the price of Irish government bonds fell as investors dumped them. Wi(...)

With the expiration of patents on more blockbuster drugs in the offing, what is the future of the sector in Ireland and what impact could any change h(...)

Setting up the National Pension Reserve Fund was one of  Charlie McCreevy’s  better decisions as minister for finance. Photograph: Frank Miller

A sovereign wealth fund is a nice thing to have. States enjoying windfalls often set up such funds. The Irish State enjoyed huge windfall tax gains fr(...)

At the start: Valéry Giscard D’Estaing, Helmut Schmidt and Jimmy Carter at a G7 summit in 1978. Photograph: Keystone France/Gamma/Getty

During the 1970s, a decade of chronic economic crisis in the developed world akin to the current era in many respects, governments struggled to find s(...)

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