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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath. Photograph: Julien Behal

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (Ifac) this week delivered what can only be described as a stinging attack on Government budgetary policy. The fisca(...)

A man walks past the Science Gallery on Dublin’s Pearse Street on Thursday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

There’s now a consensus that the Irish economy will remain relatively subdued for the first half of 2021, with both the duration of Level 5 restrictio(...)

Ibec chief economist Fergal O’Brien and director general Danny McCoy. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Employers’ group Ibec is calling for a major overhaul of the State’s National Development Plan (NDP) and an additional €70 billion in spending on key (...)

 An empty Grafton Street in Dublin. Lockdown restrictions have pushed the December jobless rate to over 20%.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Irish economy begins 2021 in a precarious position. Record coronavirus infections and a return to a full-scale lockdown clouds the outlook and lim(...)

Brexit: ‘A deal would be terrible; a no-deal would be absolutely unbearable’

Businesses cannot fully prepare for Brexit until they know what rules will apply on trading with Britain after it takes effect on January 1st, the Oir(...)

Clare’s Ciara Doyle and Linda Collins of Cork during their  All-Ireland senior championship quarter-final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Cork 3-15 Clare 0-8 Tipperary 1-12 Waterford 0-10 The verdict was in doubt until the last 15 minutes, including injury time, but in the end Cork p(...)

Prof Kingston Mills in his lab in Trinity College Dublin.

Kevin O’Sullivan Environment & Science Editor The virologist Prof Kingston Mills, who is based at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), has received the(...)

Waterford’s Niamh Rockett scores a goal against Limerick during the All-Ireland senior championship round two clash at Walsh Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Waterford and Tipperary took the spoils from Sunday’s senior camogie championship action. The Déise girls got the better of Limerick 2-15 to 0-9 at (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe during a photocall at Government Buildings prior to the announcement of Budget 2021.  Photograph:   Julien Behal

This week’s budget saw plans for an unprecedented hike in Government spending. The total package was close to €18 billion, including the roll-forward (...)

Cork Chamber has warned of the impact of Ryanair’s decision to close its base in Cork Airport over the winter period

Ryanair’s closure of its Cork and Shannon airport bases for the winter threatens existing jobs along with efforts to ease the impact of Covid-19 and B(...)

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