John Walsh: Government should prioritise sustainable policies over auction politics in budget

Fiscal watchdog warns against overspending as election looms

A study found that there has been a 50 per cent reduction in nitrogen dioxide in central London since the ULEZ scheme was introduced

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (Ifac) fired another warning shot across the bows of the government during the week.

The fiscal watchdog said the government “risks repeating the mistakes of the past” if it does not adhere to its own spending rules in next month’s budget.

The past mistake Ifac to which is referring is the 2008 economic meltdown, which is a valid comparison. Back then the government ramped up spending based on soaring revenues ...