Labour TD Kevin Humphreys: concerned that  sensitive information 
– including the actual amount of the agreed budget announcement –
is being passed onto an unelected body while the Oireachtas
, and its Finance Committee,
 is kept in the dark
 about all details of the Budget until it is announced
. Photograph: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

The Department of Finance’s decision to provide sensitive economic forecasts to the Fiscal Advisory Council weeks in advance of the October Budget (...)

It is almost too easy to dismiss the critics of austerity. The people who matter, the ones with the money, won’t lend it to anyone who doesn’t sign up(...)

The view from Ibec is that the economy turned a long time ago, but that the “confidence genie” is refusing to come out of the bottle to boost the domestic sector and create much-needed jobs.  Photograph: Alan Betson/THE IRISH TIMES.

There is an air of positivity in the Dublin offices of the Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation (Ibec) that is in contrast to the way the econo(...)

Demonstrators  against austerity in Paris at the weekend. They also called for the establishment of a  “sixth republic” with a new constitution for France. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

The last couple of weeks have seen an intensification of the so-called austerity debate. President Michael D Higgins, in widely publicised inte(...)

People withdrawing their savings recently from a Laiki bank machine in Athens, while newspapers bear headlines about the Cypriot crisis.  Photograph: Louisa Gouliamaki

It will take considerable time before the full ramifications of the recent Cypriot deal are known. However, some commentators have suggested th(...)

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