We've many reasons to be cheerful, but the Budget's not one
Despite an uncertain world, Ireland's economic prospects give us cause for cheer, writes Dan O'Brien
The holidays are over for most. It's back to the daily grind for many. The next 12 weeks will be the busiest stretch of the year for many people.
No better time, then, for a stocktake on the state of the economy, how economic (and other) developments are affecting people and businesses, and what it all means for the Government's budget sums. The good news is that the dashboard of economic indicators shows an economy doing well. Growth is solid-to-strong and mostly broad-based. Risks abound, but no warning lights are flashing.
Here are some of the biggest and most relevant recent developments.