John Mchale

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John Fell, the longest-serving Irish staff member at the ECB, is understood to be among individuals who put their names forward for the Central Bank governorship.

The most senior Irish member of staff at the European Central Bank (ECB) and the deputy secretary general of the Department of Health have emerged as (...)

The sharp rise in prices and lending raises concerns that another bubble may be forming, according to the OECD. Photograph: Frank Miller

There were numerous housing narratives swirling around this week; only one of them seemed positive and all of them require robust political engagement(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan will leave the office with State’s economy in much better shape than when he took over. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

When Michael Noonan took over as Minister for Finance in March 2011, the economy was on the floor, public debt and borrowing were dangerously high and(...)

Fine Gael’s Michael Noonan dismissed criticism over the State’s approach to vulture funds at an Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness hearing in May 2016.

When giving interviews during his term as chairman of the Fiscal Advisory Council from 2011-16, economist John McHale often suggested the council exis(...)

Assistant secretary at the Department of Public Expenditure William Beausang said he wanted “open dialogue” with the council. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

One of the Department of Public Expenditure’s most senior civil servants said some of the economic analysis carried out by the State’s financial watch(...)

The political requirement to secure the survival of a minority government was a higher priority in Budget 2017 than addressing the real needs of the e(...)

British prime minister Theresa May: mixed messages in relation to whether Britain will undergo a hard or a soft Brexit. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

While Budget 2017 dominated talk on the streets of the Republic this week, a storm that threatens to morph into a typhoon was brewing across the wate(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe leaving RTÉ after the Today with Sean O’Rourke programme yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil was informed in the middle of last week that there would be additional resources in the budget above what Ministers had repeatedly pledged(...)

Budget 2017: Minister for Finance Michael Noonan arrives at Government Buildings ahead of the announcement. Photograph: Getty Images

Significantly higher than expected spending increases have been unveiled by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure a(...)

Prof John McHale, chairman of the  Fiscal Advisory Council, the State’s budget watchdog, has warned the Government against using any mechanisms for increasing public spending beyond what is already committed to in the budget plans. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times.

The Fiscal Advisory Council, the State’s budget watchdog, has warned the Government against using any mechanisms for increasing public spending beyond(...)

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