The Government spent €60.08 billion up to the end of November, 0.8 per cent less than in the same period in 2012, and 4.4 per cent less than its target of €62.85 billion.

Exchequer returns showing a boost to income taxes and VAT yesterday sparked claims that increased employment and earnings are starting to feed through(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said November’s Exchequer figures were “hard evidence” that economic recovery was taking hold. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

Income tax and VAT receipts grew last month, prompting further claims that the Republic’s economy has returned to growth.Today’s Exchequer figures sho(...)