Seamus Coffey

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At the height of the financial crisis in 2009  the State was spending €23bn   more each year than it was taking in by way of taxes and other income

There’s a perception that the €205 billion debt pile that sits on top of the Irish economy was put there by rogue bankers; in other words that it was (...)

David Hall: has helped people in mortgage distress - but his exaggeration is not helping. Photograph: Collins Courts

In the public war of words surrounding European Central Bank-enforced loan sales, one particular boy’s tendency towards crying wolf is starting to bec(...)

The Central Statistics Office’s latest Labour Force Survey, the most accurate indicator of employment trends, suggested that the participation rate among potential workers here rose slightly to 62 per cent in the first quarter of 2019.

The percentage of “prime-age” workers employed in the Republic is now higher than at any other time, a testament to the current strength of the labour(...)

Boris Johnson during the launch of his campaign to become leader of the Conservative  Party and prime minister at the Sky Loft, Millbank Tower, Westminster. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The notorious criminal Larry Dunne, credited with flooding the streets of Dublin with heroin in the 1970s, famously remarked to gardaí after his convi(...)

Karlin Lillington on the national broadband debate: “To end up where we are, after two decades, is so exasperating, so misguided, so idiotic, so stupidly aligned to the fact that almost no one in government, from any party, has ever taken this issue seriously or viewed it intelligently.”

Thousands of credit union members across the State are being asked to withdraw some of their savings, as caps are being applied to deposit accounts. S(...)

‘Things are growing quite strongly at present and there will be a slowdown in the Irish economy,’ says Séamus Coffey, chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council.

The Irish economy will inevitably slow down in the medium term but does not appear to be heading for another boom-bust crash, the chairman of the Iris(...)

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council chairman Séamus Coffey. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland has not given itself sufficient breathing space to absorb the potential financial shock of a hard Brexit, the State’s fiscal watchdog has warn(...)

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council chairman Séamus Coffey: “The Government are ignoring their own advice and projections.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government’s medium-term projections for the public finances are “not credible”, the State’s fiscal watchdog has said in its latest assessment of (...)

The report notes that if revenues had been diverted into a prudence account in recent years, a larger exchequer deficit would have been recorded as it ‘would not have been masked by surprise corporation tax receipts’. File photograph: Getty

The government will this week be told by the state’s fiscal watchdog that it should direct billions of euros in corporate tax revenues into a “prudenc(...)

Ireland’s corporate tax take has soared over the past few years, helping to pay for a lot of extra government spending. But there are fears that inter(...)

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