Sean Whelan

Sean Whelan

Banking Special: Sean Whelan: The stress tests are just the start - of far more importance is the Asset Quality Review

Banking Special: Sean Whelan: The stress tests are just the start - of far more importance is the Asset Quality Review

Performances by the Irish banks in the stress tests could lead to the state finally pulling out of the banking sector

Budget 2015 Economics

Budget 2015 Economics

Sean Whelan: As the government knows all too well, you need an environment where people can work, create wealth, get paid and spend.

Budget 2015: Sean Whelan: Changes to corporation tax are on the cards, in what looks set to be the beginning of a new cycle driven by a need to repair the economy

Budget 2015: Sean Whelan: Changes to corporation tax are on the cards, in what looks set to be the beginning of a new cycle driven by a need to repair the economy

After seven years of “exciting” budgets, we might even be lucky enough to get a boring one.

Sean Whelan: Ordered to obey strict austerity measures like everyone else, France nonetheless said non. Italy has followed suit. Perhaps we should be more continental

Sean Whelan: Ordered to obey strict austerity measures like everyone else, France nonetheless said non. Italy has followed suit. Perhaps we should be more continental

It is, of course, a lot easier to defy the EU’s budget rules when you have a fleet of nuclear submarines at your disposal.

Sean Whelan: The pressure is on for budget tax cuts, but why make the boom boomier when you could be saving for the inevitable rainy day?

Sean Whelan: The pressure is on for budget tax cuts, but why make the boom boomier when you could be saving for the inevitable rainy day?

As usual, this close to budget time there is no shortage of advice to the government about what they should do, especially about income tax.

Sean Whelan: Upgrading forecasts is all the rage, but income tax reform could really get the economy moving

Sean Whelan: Upgrading forecasts is all the rage, but income tax reform could really get the economy moving

We shouldn't get too carried away by those second quarter GDP figures that showed a 7.7 per cent year-on-year growth.

That Mario Draghi was at it again on Thursday.

That Mario Draghi was at it again on Thursday.

Sean Whelan: SuperMario looks like the only man with a plan for the eurozone economy, while the new European Commission appears a little more focused

Sean Whelan: The economy is lively and revenues are up, but we are still far from out of the woods - and the budget is likely to reflect that

Sean Whelan: The economy is lively and revenues are up, but we are still far from out of the woods - and the budget is likely to reflect that

The Exchequer returns last week showed plenty of money flowing into the Merrion Street coffers.