Robert Watt

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Germany and Switzerland have introduced schemes offering 100 per cent state guarantees for loans to SMEs to get through the coronavirus crisis and grow on the other side. Photograph: iStock

Investors in Irish banks, in which the Government holds large stakes, are nervous about the sector facing high levels of bad loans if it continues to (...)

Pascal Donoghue: the Minister of Finance is set to publish and send the Government’s  latest updated economic forecasts to the EU by the end of this month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The National Treasury Management Agency will pay out over €11 billion on Monday in its biggest bond redemption since at least before the last financia(...)

Borrowing could rise to 8 per cent of national income in 2020 – or more if the restrictions drag on. Unemployment could finish the year in the 12-15 per cent range. Photograph: Bryan O Brien

After the rhetoric and promises of the government framework document produced by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael this week will come the reality check of th(...)

Robert Watt, Secretary General for the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Supports equivalent to around 4 per cent of national income had been committed and more will be needed

Government borrowing could rise to 8 per cent of national income this year, according to Robert Watt, secretary general of the Department of Public Ex(...)

‘Foreign investors would prefer to travel an hour by motorway from Dublin airport, rather than spending non-productive time in Dublin traffic,’ says former PayPal vice-president Louise Phelan. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

As Ireland enters what looks likely to be a whirlwind general election campaign ahead of the February 8th poll, it can at times seem that politics has(...)

Ajai Chopra of the IMF in Dublin. Illustration: Eoin Coveney

So it was a mistake, all that austerity, all those cuts that blighted people’s lives, all that squalor, all that doubling of child poverty, all that c(...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton will shortly seek Cabinet approval to sign off on the broadband plan and award the contract to preferred bidder, Granahan McCourt.

What is the National Broadband Plan? The National Broadband Plan (NBP) is the Government’s long-standing plan to address the lack of broadband covera(...)

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Communications Richard Bruton has denied reports of a further delay to the National Broadband Plan (NBP) amid speculation he had been due(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal O’Donohue at Government Buildings on budget day last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Our nearest neighbours are not the only ones who have held daft referendums. Apart from the one on abortion in 1983, the daftest one we’ve done was in(...)

John Moran, former secretary general at the Department of Finance and now the head of the new Land Development Agency. Photograph: Liam Burke/Press 22

So many Irish problems stem from one thing – poor planning. That was the takeaway from this year’s Dublin Economics Workshop conference, which took pl(...)

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