Kieran Mcquinn

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 Construction cranes in Dublin.  Since 2014 the Irish economy has grown by over 50%, placing it ahead of China in the global growth charts. Photograph: Reuters/Clodagh Kilcoyne

Ireland doesn’t do stability. After a brutal economic crash and an equally savage austerity programme, the Irish economy has put in five years of what(...)

The ESRI says Ireland could benefit if Brexit uncertainty is removed in the short term. UK prime minister Boris Johnson is hoping to secure a parliamentary majority in Thursday’s election. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

The Irish economy could benefit from a Brexit bounce if British prime minister Boris Johnson secures a parliamentary majority in this week’s UK electi(...)

The ESRI revised down its housing completions forecast for this year from 23,500 units to 21,000.  Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has warned of a slowdown in housebuilding and has urged the Government to take a more “aggressive” a(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has signalled he will have a budget day package of €2.8 billion  but will borrow more to fund contingency measures to deal with a no-deal Brexit if needed. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has warned that the Irish economy could fall into recession next year in the event of a disorderly B(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson said in the House of Commons on Wednesday he had discussed  alternative arrangements for the post-Brexit border with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in New York on Monday. Photograph: PA Wire

The Government may need to hold a supplementary budget early in the New Year if Brexit delivers a major shock to the Irish economy, which could push i(...)

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(...)

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 has said he does not intend to revise Budget 2020 even if the Government is proven wrong in its call on Brexit. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Framing a budget requires, at the best of times, a degree of estimation and guesswork by a minister for finance and his minions on the economic and po(...)

The Border town of Muff, Co Donegal. Kieran McQuinn of the ESRI said the “worst possible outcome” on Brexit would be to have a contractionary budget under a scenario of a hard Brexit. Photograph: Liam McBurney/PA Wire

Brexit is already having a direct impact on the Republic’s economy as consumers are more cautious about spending than would normally be expected again(...)

Goodbody Stockbrokers’ chief economist said he expected 21,000 houses to be completed this year, down from an earlier forecast of 22,000. Photograph: Alan Betson

Vacant development sites should be taxed more aggressively and loopholes being used by landowners closed to cut the cost of building homes and spur su(...)

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