Ministers Michael Noonan TD and Alex White TD speaking to media on arrival at the Cabinet meeting at Lissadell House, Sligo this week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Is the local property tax, like the water charge, set to be slowly killed off as a meaningful source of long-term revenue for the exchequer? The Gove(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD and Government Ministers meeting Edward Walsh his wife Constance Cassidy and their children at Lissadell House, Sligo. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times 2:52

Harry McGee, Political Correspondent, Lissadell, Co Sligo The Government has committed itself to an effective freeze in property tax when the next re(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: he commissioned Dr Don Thornhill, a former public servant, to conduct a review of the tax

A report on possible reforms to the property tax has outlined a number of options on changing the levy, such as staggered increases over a three-ye(...)

Tanaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton: property tax a ‘significant issue’. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Coalition proposals to ensure that property tax does not rise in line with the increase in house prices are unlikely to be finalised until later in (...)

Dr. Don Thornhill, chairman National Competitivenes Council, said on Tuesday that Ireland must increase its capital expenditure to a level that at least matches the level in competitor countries. (Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times)

Reducing higher than international average energy prices, investing in infrastructure and restoring trust are the key messages in the National Comp(...)

Wind turbines at Monaincha wind farm in  Roscrea: The Government should wean the renewable energy sector off State supports, says the National Competitiveness Council (NCC). Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

The Government should wean the renewable energy sector off State supports, says the National Competitiveness Council (NCC), and it warned against pr(...)

Dr Don Thornhill: delighted to see Germany win the World Cup. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill
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Ireland didn’t qualify for the World Cup – boohoo – but we could still be winners from it. Or so says Dr Don Thornhill, chairman of the National Compe(...)

Dr Don Thornhill, chairman of the National Competitiveness Council. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

TOM LYONS The State’s competitiveness has begun to slip back after several years of improvement, the National Competitiveness Council has warned.NCC’(...)

The Irish economy is at a “turning point” in terms of cost competitiveness, the National Competiveness Council (NNC) has warned. In a rep(...)

Ruairí Quinn TD Minister for Education and Skills When we talk about the funding of higher education, the discussion often immediately narrows(...)