The exchequer deficit at end October 2014 stood at €8.51 billion compared to €10.521 billion in 2013. The figure represents an €1.76 billion improvement on the official target, thanks to rising tax receipts, an increase in Central Bank surplus income and reduced interest expenditure.

Tax returns this year are running almost €1.1 billion ahead of target after a surge in revenues last month, new figures show.While health expenditur(...)

The Government’s first set of exchequer returns for 2014 have been heavily distorted by the introduction of a new European-wide money transfer system.(...)