Minister for Children, James Reilly. Photograph: Eric Luke

As reported on Friday, Minister for Children James Reilly (pictured) is looking at whether he can prevent any firm that has a contract with a tobacco (...)

Plans introduced by former minister for health Dr  James Reilly to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products are to go ahead despite a legal threat from the tobacco industry. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

The Government is to press ahead with plans to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products.The Government has ignored a threat from one of the worl(...)

The law firm  says proposals to tighten rules governing gifts from parents to their adult children will prove unworkable in their current form.

Top law firm Arthur Cox has warned that the Government risks undermining the integrity of the tax system in its reform of the treatment of family gift(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has been the target of industry lobbying to tone down the measure. Photograph: David Sleator

The Revenue Commissioners have accused tax advisers of stirring up unnecessary distress over impending changes in the rules for tax on gifts from par(...)

One Revenue official said  the reason for the changes to the tax treatment of gifts  was precisely to prevent compliant taxpayers being disadvantaged.  Photograph: Alan Betson

In times of austerity, it can sometimes seem that all the odds are stacked against the little guy. And so it was, with the revelation this week that a(...)

Items such as a  contribution to wedding costs, or the care of children by grandparents, could have a tax implication.

Revenue is clamping down on abuse of tax exemptions granted for payments made by parents to their children. However, legal firm Arthur Cox says(...)

Bill Cullen leaving the Four Courts in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Collins/Courts

Businessman Bill Cullen has told the Commercial Court there is “no doubt” his €11.5 million debt to Ulster Bank will be cleared and he became “so i(...)

The Central Bank paid out €20.5 million last year for work related to the banking crisis. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Central Bank of Ireland paid out almost €53 million in fees between 2008 and 2013 to seven legal and accounting firms for work related to the b(...)

The State currently owns 99.8 per cent of AIB, 99.2 per cent of PTSB and about 15 per cent of Bank of Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Department of Finance is looking to hire consultants to advise it on strategic options for the State’s shareholdings in AIB, Bank of Ireland and P(...)

Michael Noonan: said biggest payout by the department was €1.72 million to Arthur Cox. Photograph: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

Legal and consultancy firms were the largest beneficiaries of the €7.6 million paid out last year by the Government’s two public finance departments.N(...)