The debate on developing states had moved from overseas development aid to international tax policies in the past ten years.

The United Nations special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights has criticised Irish tax policies which have had a negative impact on poo(...)

Brendan Halligan, chairman of the IIEA, Heinz Zourek, director general of Taxation and Customs Union at the European Commission, Josephine Feehily, chairwoman of the Revenue Commissioners, and Tom Arnold , director general of the IIEA, at the IIEA Corporate Taxation Conference. Photograph: Eric Luke

There were a number of recurring themes during the conference on the taxation of multinationals held in the Round Hall of the Mansion House in Dublin.(...)

US President Barack Obama at the G20 summit in Russia last year. Proposals on the global tax system are due to be presented to a meeting of G20 finance ministers in September. Photograph: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

After decades of relative stability, the global tax system is in a state of flux at a time when Ireland would least like it to be so.The foreign direc(...)

 Shire’s  Adderall XR. The company, which has about 50 Irish staff, is now on a list of big firms being targeted for further scrutiny by ShareAction, a UK campaigning group that opposes aggressive corporate tax planning, and Christian Aid, an Irish charity.

Shire, the UK-based pharmaceuticals giant that is domiciled in Ireland for tax reasons, holds its annual general meeting in Dublin today. (...)

Shire has said it has no intention of leaving Ireland at the moment

The Dublin-headquartered pharma giant Shire, one of a number of British firms to shift their base to Ireland in 2008 to avail of the Republic’s fav(...)

Refugees from South Kordofan playing at the Yida refugee camp in South Sudan last week. “In times of shrinking aid budgets, tax is the most important source of income for developing countries, and it is the most obvious way to move beyond reliance on aid.” Photograph: Andreea Campeanu/Reuters

The Irish Aid policy paper to be launched today will be an important modernisation of Ireland’s vision for overseas development. The Government(...)