Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe at RTÉ Radio 1 for Today with Sean O’Rourke. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Up to the early 1980s, the production of the budget was a major logistical exercise for the Department of Finance. Any change in the draft meant that (...)

Central Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson

An important strategic consideration for Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe in framing next week’s budget is the reliability of different strands of (...)

Bord na Móna’s exit from peat, including making briquettes, had to be carefully planned, head of business transformation Joe Lane said. File photograph: Cyril Byrne

The semi-State energy company Bord na Móna has defended its plan to continue using peat for electricity generating up to 2030 in spite of its impact i(...)

Educated workforce: the number of graduates at work has increased by almost 7.5 per cent. Photograph: AFP/Getty

The latest figures on employment and unemployment, published by the Central Statistics Office last week, provide a key window on the economy. Given th(...)

Last year An Bord Pleanála  approved a wind farm at Bellacorick in north Mayo which was reduced from 112 wind turbines to 61 turbines. File  photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

EirGrid’s decision to scale back its €240 million Grid West transmission project has elicited a mixed reaction from business and community groups in t(...)

Poultry being prepared and packed ready for export. Photograph: David Sleator

The prospect of Brexit has ushered in a period of sterling weakness. This reflects uncertainty about where the UK is going, and the increasing likelih(...)

Traffic on the M50.

Charging a price for goods and services that are in short supply can be a key mechanism for allocating scarce resources, although using the price mech(...)

Every increase in homebuilding of about 10,000 units adds about 1 per cent to the level of economic activity. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

While success may bring its own rewards, for the Government it brings new headaches. The economic recovery since 2012 has transformed the Irish labo(...)

Gardaí will carry out a technical examination of the scene on Saturday. Photograph: Frank Miller/File

Gardaí have ruled out foul play in the death of a pensioner in a house fire in Co Cork. A technical examination confirmed that fire was caused by an (...)

The Four Courts in Dublin. While Ireland has an independent judiciary and a legal system that generally works well, there are areas where the law makes for unnecessary cost and uncertainty for business

While factors like productivity and cost competitiveness are important for a country’s economic success, the quality of its institutions, though less (...)