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Sinn Féin’s housing policy is central to its approach – and it has sought to appeal directly to younger voters.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Although Sinn Féin has stuttered in recent days in response to the controversy over the murder of Paul Quinn, the party and its leader have ridden the(...)

The days of election commitments of big reductions in taxes on income are over, but all the parties are proposing fairly substantial changes to the tax system. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The election debate has focused more on spending and on the key areas of health and housing. But significant commitments are also being made on tax wh(...)

Sinn Féin’s finance spokesman Pearse Doherty speaking at the publication of the party’s general election manifesto in Dublin. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin’s biggest proposed tax raising measure in its election manifesto involves changing a key rule in relation to taxing some of the big multinat(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald is pictured  as the party presented its general election manifesto at the Temple Bar Gallery and Studios in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin’s general election manifesto sets it firmly apart from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil with radical proposals to add significantly to planned gove(...)

UK chancellor Sajid Javid. “His message to UK business was clear  – the UK was getting ready to diverge from EU rules.” Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

This time next week the UK will have left the European Union. You will hardly notice, bar reports of whatever show Nigel Farage and his pals put on in(...)

There is always a  risk is that the parties will   try to win our votes with promises funded by money that may not materialise. Photograph: PA

The parties are about to launch their manifestos. And as their basis they will be using updated Department of Finance estimates for the public finance(...)

The Department of Finance estimates that €11 billion will be available over the next five years to allow spending to rise, taxes to be cut and some money to be put aside in case trouble hits.

The latest budget forecasts from the Department of Finance gives the political parties a bit of a free pass in outlining their spending and tax polici(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe with children from the local Chinese community at the launch of Chinese New Year celebrations at the Hill Street Family Resource Centre in central Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The last time Ireland had an election on the back of a long economic expansion was 2007. That was the year Pádraig Harrington won his first Open Champ(...)

The feelgood factor from this period of economic growth is not evenly spread. Photograph: Getty

One of the stories of the economic recovery has been that consumer prices have remained almost flat. On average. The qualification is vital. The “bask(...)

Urban sprawl is spreading again, out from the greater Dublin region, raising big questions for housing and planning. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

New figures show an extraordinary surge in house-building in Dublin’s commuter counties. The Mid-East region is expanding – at an extraordinary rate. (...)

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