The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, chaired by NUI Galway economist Prof John McHale, is an independent statutory body set up in the wake of the crash to monitor economic policy.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Coalition urged to stick with original €2bn plan to repair public finances

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. In a 20-page report in which it calls on the Coalition to maintain a “prudent” fiscal stance in the budget next month, the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council questions whether the correct course now is to scale back on what was to be the final big push in the settled plan to assert control over State finances. Photograph: Eric Luke

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council urges State not to get seduced by sense of crisis fading

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: “This is the strongest growth rate recorded since the early 2000s and shows that the strong and stable recovery in the Irish economy is well under way and is starting to be felt across all sectors of the economy,” he said outside Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister now projects GDP to expand by some 4.5%, saying stable recovery in economy is well under way

Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform with Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance: suggestions are they will be flush with cash as they finalise next month’s budget. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Impressive news on growth magnifies budget dilemma

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said public finances are not in a position to significantly reduce overall tax levels. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Reducing 52% marginal income tax rate the next priority, says Kenny

The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan responding to the publication of the latest Quarterly National Accounts, at Government Buildings today. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Taxpayers will demand their share of the economic recovery

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin: told colleagues that no one wanted to return
 public finances 
to where they were three or four years ago.

‘Leeway’ of €600m in next month’s budget, Minister tells Cabinet

Former Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Rehab Enterprises reports loss of contract with multinational company

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

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