Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Moves by the OECD to overhaul global corporate tax rules have already led the Government to examine whether it should take pre-emptive steps to recast the most contentious elements of the Irish system.

Strategy to stamp out avoidance by multinational groups to be unveiled today

The ‘squeezed middle’ will be the likely benefactors of any tax cuts

 Minister for Health Leo Varadkar:  said to have told a private meeting at the Fine Gael “think-in” in Co Cork on Thursday that the true level of his department’s budget adjustment in 2014 is €900 million. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Department warns emergency departments would close at night

Having promised to govern more from the heart, Ms Burton might want to reserve some of the excess funding in her department for welfare concessions. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The notion that some kind of an historic turning point is in sight is overdone

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin:  suggested political agreement could be reached at informal talks with euro zone and EU finance ministers in Milan. Photograph:  Collins

Minister suggests political agreement possible at euro zone ministers’ meeting

Willingness to spend is evident in latest inflation data from the Central Statistics Office

Price data released this morning by the Central Statistics Office show that the month-on-month inflation was 0.2 per cent in August

Annual inflation figure points to a 4.5% rise in education prices last month with hotel prices up 2.8 %

Tánaiste Joan Burton declared that the budget next month would bring a close to the austerity era. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill

Tánaiste also speaks of need to overhaul universal social charge

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin: due to have crunch talks with Cabinet colleagues. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

No return to boom- and-bust economy in budget decisions,says Minister

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