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A key issue to watch is whether the European Commission agrees a mechanism to pay for Russian gas that satisfies Moscow without breaking the letter of the law on sanctions. Photograph: Maxim Shipenkov/EPA

Russia fired a warning shot across Europe when gas company Gazprom suspended supplies to Poland and Bulgaria in a row over how payments should be made(...)

Jervis Steet shopping centre. Ibec has slashed its growth forecasts for the Irish economy on the back of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and on the ongoing energy price shock. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Ibec has slashed its growth forecasts for the Irish economy on the back of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and on the ongoing energy price shock. The em(...)

US president Joe Biden’s domestic agenda is in trouble. Photograph: Stefani Reynolds/NYT

The failure of the Biden administration in the United States to get the key Build Back Better legislation through the Senate this year – including its(...)

Ibec called on the Government to reinstate the Employer Wage Subsidy Scheme on full rates as a matter of urgency. File photograph: Getty

Ibec has warned the Government that its plan to cut wage subsidies while imposing further coronavirus restrictions will push many businesses over the (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure  Michael McGrath have been trying to perform the traditional pre-Budget two-step, telling the public that the economy is strong, but trying to persuade their ministerial colleagues that there is no extra cash to spend. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

The economic bounceback is on – and it is outpacing what pretty much anyone had expected. A straw poll of business people tells the story – “flying”, (...)

‘If you want to deliver on the ambitious investment plans, then you need to offset some of the competitiveness challenges’ facing the private sector, Ibec’s chief economist Gerard Brady said.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The employers’ lobby group Ibec has warned that the State’s ambitious investment plans for areas such as climate change and housing are at risk unless(...)

The Irish trade figures for the first six months of the year show some remarkable swings in trade with Northern Ireland and with Britain. Exports to B(...)

Illustration: iStock/Getty

If working from home sticks as a way of life – even for some of the week – as more pandemic restrictions lift, the big winners will be Ireland’s su(...)

While the Biden administration is leading the charge internationally on the tax reform plan, it remains unclear whether it can deliver at home. Photograph: EPA/ Samuel Corum / Pool

Thank goodness for corporation tax. There may be doubts about the hit it will take from global tax reform, but for the moment it is the gift which kee(...)

The longer the pandemic goes on, the greater the damage to key sectors of the economy such as hospitality, retail, leisure and tourism.

It has been quite a week. The economic recovery is being held hostage by the Greek alphabet – specifically Delta, though there may be an Epsilon and m(...)

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