John Mccarthy

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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has projected a budgetary surplus of 0.7 per cent or €2.6 billion for 2020 and nearly double that by 2025. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Ireland’s turnaround can be seen in most of the headline metrics around the economy, from employment to growth to wages. However, one area where the l(...)

Future cities: smart buildings and drone commutes could be features of city life. Illustration: SOM/National Geographic


Prof Kieran McQuinn of the ESRI said modelling the impact of a no-deal Brexit was extremely difficult. Photograph: Jenny Barker

Brexit may have inadvertently stopped the Irish economy from overheating, a leading economist has claimed. “In a strange way it has helped cool the e(...)

Brexit protest: The UK’s exit from the EU is one of the big uncertainties facing the Irish economy. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Was it another blinking warning light in the cockpit of the Irish economy or merely a statistical anomaly? For the first time in seven years, employme(...)

The Big Chapel X: Niall Boland, Eoin Byrne, Grace Collender, John Rice, Derek Dooley, Stephen Lafford, Kevin Tynan and Sean Bryan on the streets of Callan. Photograph: John D Kelly

THE BIG CHAPEL X St Brigid’s College, Callan ★★★☆☆ As a large crowd snakes through the dusky streets of Callan, the storied Co Kilkenny town, you may(...)

Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe speaks to media on the conclusion of the National Economic Dialogue at Dublin Castle. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe signalled this week that the public finances would act as a shock absorber for the economy in the event of a no-d(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: will make the right noises about budgetary prudence without revealing very much.

The Government’s Summer Economic Statement, due out on Tuesday, is more likely to look like a copy and paste from last year than one written under the(...)

Department of Finance’s chief economist John McCarthy said the economy was now on the verge of overheating because of the rapid recovery in employment and its corollary, rising wages. Photograph: Crispin Rodwell

The Irish economy could turn from hot to cold in the space of a few months such is the inherent volatility of the current situation, the State’s chief(...)

The Department of Finance’s  chief economist John McCarthy addressing the ESRI’s annual budget perspectives conference in Dublin

The Irish economy is on a knife-edge, poised between “overheating” and a major Brexit-related downturn, the State’s chief economist has warned. John(...)

There were several “obstacles” holding up the delivery of extra public housing, Owen Keegan told the Department of Housing. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire

Dublin City Council’s reliance on emergency powers to progress housing projects will not be justifiable if sites continue to face delays, council chie(...)

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