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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(...)

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(...)

ESRI research professor Kieran McQuinn said it was “practically impossible” to estimate sustainable growth with the current set of national accounts. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government and the Central Statistics Office (CSO) have been urged to adopt a separate set of national accounts to weed out the statistical noise (...)

The ESRI has upgraded its growth forecasts for the Irish economy. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Economic and Social Research Institute has warned the Government against cutting taxes while the economy is growing so strongly. In a blunt warni(...)

No to Brexit: a remain sign in Northern Ireland. A hard Brexit is expected to result in higher prices in the Republic, as UK multinationals pass on the cost of a weaker pound to consumers.  Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty

The Government will have €600 million less for spending and for tax cuts in the event of a hard Brexit, the Economic and Social Research Institute has(...)