Mortgages and housing: Central Bank researchers sound a warning and Nesc offers a solution. Photograph: iStock

Central Bank researchers are warning today that if current growth in mortgage lending persists and household incomes rise in line with forecasts, the (...)

On this week’s Inside Business podcast, the team  discusses why Pascal Donohoe should listen to the IMF. Photograph: Reuters

The International Monetary Fund has urged the Government not to cut taxes in the upcoming budget, to protect against future fiscal shocks. On this we(...)

Ireland currently adds 48 cents of excise duty to each litre of diesel purchased compared with 59 cents for petrol.

Increasing the excise duty on diesel to that of petrol would raise more than €500 million for the exchequer while driving down harmful emissions from (...)

NTA’s Anne Graham and  Peter Walsh: cost/benefit estimates cover a 30-year period after the Metro starts appearing in 2027. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The new Dublin Metro will cost between €3 billion and €4 billion but will deliver a much higher level of economic benefits, according to a cost/benefi(...)

I’ve been Metrosceptical for a long time. It’s no surprise that the Metro plan, cancelled during the economic crisis, is back on the agenda again. And(...)

A snow   scene in Co Meath. While the cost of weather events like the one experienced over the last few days is significant, they are relatively rare. Photograph: Alan Betson

As the thaw begins, thoughts turn to the cost of the disruption. And given some criticism of the response to the weather, it is worth considering if t(...)

In the UK, the tax breaks for company cars were bigger for cars with lower emissions while in the Republic the tax break was bigger the more the car was driven, effectively incentivising pollution, a study has found.  Photograph: Alexander Becher/EPA

Tax breaks and incentives across a range of areas from transport fuels to company cars and property investment are having a negative impact on climate(...)

Sligo is over 100km from Galway and serves the wider region including Leitrim, north Mayo, north Roscommon, west Cavan and south Donegal. Photograph: iStock

One of the most striking features of the economic geography of the northwest is the lack of a large urban centre. Both Sligo and Letterkenny are rough(...)

Foreign direct investment: multinationals such as Intel look for highly skilled graduates. Photograph: Intel Corporation

When it comes to regional development, particularly the development of smaller towns, there are frequent calls for IDA Ireland to bring jobs to a town(...)

There is no shortage of zoned land in Ireland, but when it comes to the larger urban centres there is a lack of zoned land that has key services such as water and sewerage connections. Photograph: Getty Images

The history of national spatial plans in Ireland is one of failed opportunities – plans that were undermined by local political interests and policy i(...)

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