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The State’s debt-to-tax receipts ratio fell from 3.9 in 2011 to 2.6 in 2019 – a 30 per cent reduction. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty

Is Ireland a high-debt country? That’s one of the questions the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) seeks to answer in its latest quarterly (...)

The Central Bank has warned that a significant public spend on housing could run up against capacity constraints, primarily related to labour shortages, which may fuel further inflationary pressure in the sector. Photograph: iStock

The Government risks overheating the economy if it fails to keep a tight rein on spending in the post-Covid period, the Economic and Social Research I(...)

The wider economy is not as exposed to swings in the housing market as it was when the financial crisis hit in 2008, an ESRI report says. Photograph:  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The wider economy is not as exposed to swings in the housing market as it was when the financial crisis hit in 2008, according to a new paper from tw(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said the Summer Economic Statement would include an “anchor” for the public finances. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/EPA

It would take quite a few weeks to calculate the cost of all the promises made and kites flown at the recent Fine Gael Ard Fheis: health spending shou(...)

The pandemic leaves many problems in its wake and has worsened some which were pre-existing, especially the housing crisis. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Irish GDP data is notoriously volatile and distorted by the impact of multinationals, and the latest forecast by the Economic and Social Research Inst(...)

A major public investment in housing financed through additional borrowing is needed, the ESRI says

A major public investment in housing financed through additional borrowing is needed to address the State’s housing crisis, the Economic and Social Re(...)

An impression of the proposed development by Glenveagh Homes Ltd on a 1.77 hectare site at Balroy House, Carpenterstown Road, Castleknock, Dublin.

One of the State’s biggest builders has called on the Government to tighten fast-track planning laws to make it more difficult for objectors to challe(...)

The ESRI says it expects the Irish economy  to grow by 4.4% in gross domestic product (GDP) terms this year, down from a previous forecast of 4.9%,  and by 5.2%  in 2022. Photograph: Getty Images

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has revised down its growth forecast for the Irish economy, while warning that unemployment is unlik(...)

Unemployment levels are likely to peak in the first quarter of 2021 before falling again but the Economic and Social Research Institute (predicts they will remain above 10 per cent by the end of the year.

Unemployment levels are likely to peak in the first quarter of 2021 before falling again but the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) predict(...)

House prices rose by an average of 2.2 per cent last year despite predictions that the pandemic would trigger a fall in property values. Photograph:  Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

House prices would be nearly 9 per cent higher without the Central Bank of Ireland’s strict mortgage lending rules, a study by the Economic and Social(...)

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