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Campaigners against homelessness staged a protest at Cork City Hall on Wednesday. Photograph: Mick Nugent

Campaigners against homelessness staged a protest at Cork City Hall on Wednesday in support of the Home Sweet Home campaign and occupation of Apollo H(...)

Simon Coveney at the launch of the Government’s housing plan. It is irrational to believe Help-To-Buy will stimulate supply if it does not first drive up prices.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

In terms of housing policy, Ireland has been poorly served by successive governments. Until recently, however, the incoming administration appeared to(...)

The Irish budget announcement doesn’t matter much in the overall scheme of things now – and the €1.3 billion adjustment is not that big a deal – because of rules set by the European Union in Brussels. All of the furore is really the narcissism of small differences. Photograph: Getty Images.

The leaking of the budget is now as traditional a part of the fiscal scene as is the moaning about how the whole thing is nakedly political rather tha(...)

At present, 19.5 per cent of the adult population smokes – down from 29 per cent in 2003

A 50 cent increase in the excise duty on a packet of 20 cigarettes was the only tax increase announced in Budget 2017. The increase takes the avera(...)

Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland: “The reduction in the rates of Universal Social Charge is  a welcome development as it will reduce the cost of creating employment and supports all workers across the economy.” File photograph: Getty Images

Strong reactions, positive and negative, to Budget 2017 are being felt. Here are some of the more notable responses. Public investment must be priori(...)

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (Ifac) claims the total package of measures earmarked for Budget 2017 will actually amount to a €2.4 billion adjustment, as opposed to the €1 billion previously stated. Photograph: Reuters.

The State’s fiscal watchdog has warned that the Government’s planned budgetary adjustment this year will end up being substantially larger than the €1(...)

Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Central Bank is paying millions in rent to a vulture fund that pays no tax in Ireland, Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has alleged.(...)

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at the launch of the Sinn Féin election campaign at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Sinn Féin is to set aside almost €1 billon for welfare increases, including reversing some previous welfare cuts, over the lifetime of the next govern(...)

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty has accused the Government of providing misinformation on the true nature of the Eurostat decision.

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty has said the detailed decision from Eurostat to the CSO on Irish Water shows the Government has been provid(...)

 Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty said this was an unacceptable way for such an important and profitable industry to be regulated. Photograph: Alan Betson / Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is to establish a special working group to examine the costs to the State of financial regulation.This comes in th(...)

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