Minister of State Helen McEntee and  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael presidential dinner. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Government may penalise the banks if they do not compensate customers wrongly moved off tracker mortgages. Speaki(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: Finance Bill gives details of a new stock option scheme for SMEs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Tech start-ups and other small businesses will be able to offer key personnel tax-efficient stock options under a new Government scheme designed to he(...)

Micheál Martin delivers the leader’s address at the Fianna Fail Ardfheis, in the RDS Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fine Gael and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar are “out-of-touch” elites who are seeking to divide Irish society, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has claimed.(...)

Prof Tim Callan of the  the ESRI found bigger adjustments to the tax system would have been needed to ensure  expected wage inflation did not eat into the value of wage increases. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The budget did not do enough to adjust the tax and welfare systems for the expected rise in wages next year, an analysis from the Economic and Social(...)

The failure to index the tax system fully for wage inflation means a bit more of any wage increase will go in tax. Photograph: iStock

Wage increases will mean that many people end up paying as much tax as a proportion of their income next year as they did this year, despite the budge(...)

Fianna Fáil public expenditure spokesman Dara Calleary  and its finance spokesman Michael McGrath. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Just as it is doing quite well out of the confidence and supply agreement in general, Fianna Fáil can feel it has done nicely from the second instalme(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at the announcement of Budget 2018 in Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Budget 2018 provision to increase stamp duty on commercial property transactions was passed in the Dáil late on Tuesday night. With Fianna Fail a(...)

Tan tax: VAT on sunbeds is rising from 13.5 to 23 per cent. Photograph: iStock/Getty

It proved to be a particularly savage budget for sunbed-loving smokers with a taste for sugary drinks, but for everyone else Paschal Donohoe’s first s(...)

An increase in excise duty on diesel was just one of several measures that had been widely expected to feature in Budget 2018 but which ultimately  got no mention. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

In a budget that was largely devoid of measures that had not been well flagged in advance, the only real surprise was perhaps in some hotly tipped mea(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe also announced a raft of measures to tackle the housing crisis in the budget

Middle-income earners and two-income families were the main, albeit modest, beneficiaries of Budget 2018 with a combination of USC cuts and a widening(...)