Employers group Ibec said steps were needed to cut the higher marginal tax rate and the number of workers who pay it. It also called for an overhaul of childcare. Photograph: Getty Images

Business lobby Ibec has called on the Government to boost capital expenditure next year by €1 billion and ease the income tax burden on higher earners(...)

Incoming chief of the ESRI Prof Alan Barrett said we need a discussion of what the tax take should be. Photograph: Getty Images

Demands for “considerable” extra spending were not matched by proposals to increase taxes to pay for them, the chairman of the national economic dialo(...)

Financing sustainable development ... the opening of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, this week. Photograph: EPA/Solan Kolli

The United Nations (UN) Financing for Development conference in Addis Ababa, which concluded yesterday, was supposed to plot a path for developing cou(...)

The Beps process has consumed a huge amount of energy and resources. International corporate taxation is part of the public consciousness as never before; it’s a real barbecue stopper, as one Australian tax official put it.

In Paris last week, as Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande discussed events in Greece, the international tax system was being discussed in an under(...)

Greek riot police officers stand guard on the steps in front of the Parliament building during an anti-austerity demonstration in Athens, Greece, July 12th, 2015. Euro zone leaders told near-bankrupt Greece at an emergency summit on Sunday that it must restore trust by enacting key reforms before they will open talks on a new financial rescue to keep it in the European currency area. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

Euro zone leaders at a summit in Brussels were reviewing a draft proposal from their finance ministers on Sunday that sets out conditions for Greece t(...)

In Ireland hundreds of hospital consultant posts remain unfilled, so why do so many medical professionals leave this country, and choose to work elsew(...)

Spain and Turkey’s minimum wages have also fallen, while in Greece, the nominal value of its minimum wage was cut.

Ireland is one of three OECD countries whose minimum wage has fallen relative to its median wage, according to a report released today. Spain and Tur(...)

Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Photograph:  Reuters/François Lenoir

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development said unemployment in its member countries is only slowly declining and remains well above it(...)

 The shift in the burden of taxation from business owners to employees that would be required to bring the UK’s corporation rate down to 12.5%  would be politically unacceptable

How low can you go? The news that the UK plans to shave another two percentage points off its corporate tax rate by 2020 means the gap between the UK (...)

Patients here spend an average of 120-165 days on waiting lists for common medical procedures. File photograph: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Irish hospital consultants remain among the best paid in the world despite pay cuts in recent years, according to OECD figures. Irish health professio(...)