Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan joined by pupils from Gardiner Street School to mark the launch of the fourth year of the Blue Star programme fostering better understanding of the EU at Government Buildings in Dublin today. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said easing the tax pressure on the “squeezed middle” will be a priority in the upcoming budget. Speaking at a jobs announcem(...)

Campaigners against water charges will return Irish water application packs - in a wheelie bin - to the utility’s headquarters in Talbot Street this morning.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is to amend legislation to prevent Government Ministers from claiming an income tax deduction on water charges on (...)

The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is entitled to submit a claim to the liquidators alongside the unsecured creditors on behalf of the State. Photograph: Eric Luke/ Photograph:

Unsecured creditors of the defunct Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) are likely to share in a payout from its liquidation, it emerged yesterda(...)

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan: has said  cuts of €2 billion will not be required to bring the budget deficit to 3 per cent by next year.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The European Commission is putting renewed pressure on the Government to implement €2 billion in cuts in the coming budget, echoing the views of bo(...)

Charlie McCreevy: former minister of finance. Photograph: Jock Fistick/Bloomberg

Former minister for finance Charlie McCreevy “just laughed” when his predecessor Ray MacSharry told him spending budget surpluses “without giving a(...)

The research indicates that firms carrying property debt are significantly more likely to default

Small and medium-sized firms are shouldering just over €26 billion in debt, according to research by the Central Bank. The bank, however, was u(...)

Irish firms are too reliant on banks for finance and are slow to exploit newer products, such as crowdfunding and peer-to- peer lending, according to(...)

US companies, faced with one of the highest rates of corporate tax in the world - 35 per cent – have long sought to minimise their tax bill. One way h(...)

 Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath warns against jumping the gun. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /Irish Times

Ireland must not surrender its competitive tax position by moving unilaterally to change its corporation tax code, Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Micha(...)

Financial architect: Ken Whitaker, photographed in March this year, at the age of 97. Photograph: David Sleator
A plan to save the Irish economy

In 1957 nowhere in Ireland’s public arena was the difference between the worn-out policy of protectionism and the energising policy of free trade bett(...)