Secretary-General of the OECD Angel Gurria: Said the Taoiseach had told him Ireland would work with the OECD to stamp out aggressive tax avoidance strategies by multinationals

‘Is Ireland guilty? Of course not. It’s being used,’ says OECD director

Secretary general of the OECD Ángel Gurría   described the campaign to eradicate aggressive avoidance by big companies as a moral drive to ensure fair play. Photograph: Reuters

Organisation tackling tax avoidance by big business and Ireland under pressure

Pascal Saint-Amans, director of the OECD centre for tax policy: “Ireland has been misused by a number of companies to locate the profit in Bermuda.” Photograph: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

Impact of move on Republic would be marginal, says tax policy centre director

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan moved last year to scrap an Irish legal provision which was used by Apple to minimise its tax burden.

Proposal marks first phase in creation of single set of international tax rules

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

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