John Mccarthy

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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(...)

John McCarthy, who was in his late 50s, drowned when he fell into the sea when returning to his trawler. File image:  Dara Mac Donaill

The St Patrick’s Day Parade in the west Cork town of Castletownbere was cancelled as a mark of respect to a local fisherman who lost his life when he (...)

Half of Irish consumers shop online, while  38 per cent of 25-34-year-olds shop online on a weekly basis. File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Cork has become the first city in Europe to launch a customer service charter for businesses in a bid to help stores improve the shopping experience a(...)

PAC member Catherine Connolly:  “These payments are going directly to the private market that’s unsustainable, where rents are going up and up and up. Rents are absolutely unsustainable.”

More than 80,000 households would be “out on the streets” if Government took the “populist” decision to get rid of the Housing Assistance Payment (Hap(...)

Il Bravo: nominated for best opera and best costumes. Photograph: Clive Barda/ArenaPal

A stunning, shape-shifting lament with a bravura star performance. A room-spinning take on an unstaged Samuel Beckett novel. A vivid mingling of forgo(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Their telephone call this week lasted for 40 minutes. Photograph: Getty Images

It was straight back down to business for German chancellor Angela Merkel this week as she requested a phone call with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to try a(...)

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