The Fiscal Advisory Council is the latest think tank to warn about the risks posed to the economy from recent trends in housing. File photograph: PA

A sharp increase in the number of new homes being built here over the next few years risks overheating the economy, the State’s fiscal watchdog has wa(...)

Paschal Donohoe: he said given the additional cost represented 0.2% of total gross voted current expenditure, most departments should be in a position to absorb the additional costs

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has insisted public services will not be affected by funding of public servant and Garda pay. He to(...)

Fine Gael’s Michael Noonan dismissed criticism over the State’s approach to vulture funds at an Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness hearing in May 2016.

When giving interviews during his term as chairman of the Fiscal Advisory Council from 2011-16, economist John McHale often suggested the council exis(...)

‘Homelessness should be treated as an emergency and more Nama-owned vacant properties occupied.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

On this New Year’s Eve, it is time to be ambitious, frank and irreverent, so here is my list of 50 things I think we need in Ireland in 2017. 1 A big(...)

Assistant secretary at the Department of Public Expenditure William Beausang said he wanted “open dialogue” with the council. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

One of the Department of Public Expenditure’s most senior civil servants said some of the economic analysis carried out by the State’s financial watch(...)

 Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has made it clear that he cannot rewrite his budget to cope with mushrooming public pay demands. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Ministers heaved a sigh of relief when the news finally came through that the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors had joined the Garda Repre(...)

George Bush ignored repeated warnings from economists over  fiscal profligacy. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

There is a myth that the US Republican Party is populated with fiscally conservative but responsible politicians – a myth largely perpetuated by the R(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: report says   forecasts in Budget 2017 “show a marked slowdown in the pace of improvement in the public finances”. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland’s budgetary watchdog is far from happy with the Government’s failure to plan for the medium or long term. The Fiscal Advisory Council was set(...)

 Michael Noonan said corporation tax will account for 16 per cent of total tax revenue this year. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has played down concern about the Government’s use of an unexpected €1 billion windfall in corporation tax for spe(...)

The political requirement to secure the survival of a minority government was a higher priority in Budget 2017 than addressing the real needs of the e(...)

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