We are entering a chaotic couple of weeks when all kinds of prospects will be floated, and all this as the clock ticks remorselessly on. We can only hope that these discussion are based on some kind of reality because both the Conservatives and Labour have so far done all  they can to duck the real choices. Photograph: Getty Images

The UK must provide the EU with a reason to extend article 50 and delay the exit date as working out a way forward in 10 weeks loo(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi

Smart Money: Slowing growth outlook could prompt the ECB to delay its expected rate rise

UK prime minister Theresa May listens during a debate on a motion of no confidence. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Ten weeks left, the Commons is in chaos and the range of possibilities remains wide

If it all works out, then  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will claim a political success. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Political stakes are high as Varadkar seeks to avoid no-deal Brexit while keeping the backstop

Workers entering the Intel facility at Leixlip, Co Dublin. The company is poised to announce a major investment in the facility. File photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

A legitimate question on the implications of an investment's temporary effects

A vacuum created by the lack of authority now characteristic of Theresa  May and Jeremy Corbyn is being filled by coalitions of MPs, who this week demonstrated that the House of Commons  is committed to block a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: UK Parliament/Mark Duffy/PA Wire.

European Commission clarifications unlikely to sway minds of DUP

Intel already has planning permission for a new 90,000sq m facility adjacent to its existing site in Leixlip, Co Kildare

Preparatory work seen as prelude to increasing capacity at Co Kildare plant

Is fuel in for a hammering due to increased carbon taxes?

Smart Money: Water charges fiasco has focused government minds

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking to the media outside  Government Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The final desperate efforts to avoid a crash-out Brexit are about to get underway.

Time to look ahead to 2019, even if you don’t want to. Photograph: Getty

Smart Money: Brexit, world economy wobbles and interest rates are vital signs for 2019

Jean-Claude Juncker: the  European Commission president supported the new moves on tax policy in his state of the union speech last September. Photograph: Eric Vidal/Reuters

Move would meet strong opposition from the Government and from Irish businesses

The euro is now the currency of 340 million people in 19 countries and internationally meets the key criteria of wide acceptability as a means of exchange and as a store of value. Photograph: iStock

The first part of a series examines the trade-offs made in joining the single currency

“If a way is found to avoid a no-deal Brexit, then 2019 suddenly looks brighter for the economy, even with an international slowdown.”

The outlook for 2019 brings uncertainty to a new level as the world economy hits a turning point

Other exchequers jealously look at our soaring corporate revenues

Cliff Taylor: Contrasting approaches to tax bills show the delicate balance Ireland must strike

The Revenue Commissioners have given a notice of assessment to Perrigo, a pharma giant with its headquarters in Dublin.

Cliff Taylor answers all your questions

The tax bill relates to the sale by Elan of its interests in multiple sclerosis drug Tysabri in 2013 to Biogen for $3.25bn and also a share of future royalties

Claim relates to a row over the amount of tax paid on the sale of a stake in a major drug

The scene of the Roscommon eviction which has highlighted the huge debate about the issue of home repossession in Ireland.

Smart Money: Controversy in Roscommon puts focus back on how rules work in Ireland

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May visits the UK Border Force Command Centre at Terminal 5 in London Heathrow Airport on Wednesday.  Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/Reuters

The Government has taken the first steps in no-deal planning, but there is a lot still to do

The Revenue Commissioners have made plans for emergency medicines coming into the State to be fast-tracked at customs entry points after Brexit. File photograph: Jason Clarke Photography

Revenue makes plans to avoid disruption to supplies after UK’s exit from the EU

The National Competitiveness Council is worried about the State’s heavy dependence on the performance of a narrow base of firms. Photograph: Reuters

Latest competitiveness analysis is notable for its blunt conclusions

 Mark FitzGerald says the Government and the Oireachtas need to act to increase housing supply.

Developments must be ‘viable for the housebuilder and affordable for the consumer’

No-deal Brexit: about 60 per cent of medicines used in the Republic of Ireland travel through or come from the United Kingdom.  Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

HPRA waives relabelling requirements as industry steps up no-deal preparations

‘In a no-deal scenario the UK would leave the EU at the end of March, and immediately become a ‘third country’ from the EU’s viewpoint, in other words one outside its customs and regulatory regime.’

Border checks would be essential in some capacity if the UK crashes out of the EU

Reunification is ultimately a political issue, of course, but economics is a big part of it.

Smart Money: Who would pay for a united Ireland economy and might other gains help pay the bill?

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May making a statement in the House of Commons in London on Monday. She told the house that a vote on the Brexit withdrawal bill will be deferred. Photograph: PRU/HO/AFP/Getty Images.

Cliff Taylor: UK prime minister is to seek ‘reassurances’ on Irish border, but no-deal risk is rising

Next year may be a year of reckoning. Let’s hope part of that is not due to a potentially chaotic no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty

Trump policies and Brexit lurk as threats to Ireland while boost from global growth will weaken

Tory MP Priti Patel’s food shortage comments were criticised by EU agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan.

Exploiting shortages for political gain will ensure ‘starvation of British people’, Hogan says

Often when markets are getting edgy about the general outlook and share valuations, a specific event such as the Huawei arrest focuses their attention. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish market now down 24% on 2018 high point

Taxing matters: We pay a relatively high amount of income tax but a low amount of social security contributions by international standards. Photograph: iStock

Smart Money: New figures list Ireland as one of the lowest-taxed economies. But it’s not that simple...

Britain’s attorney general Geoffrey Cox reacting as the outcome of a vote on a motion to find Government ministers in contempt of parliament is passed. Photograph: Getty Images

British attorney general’s view in line with Irish analysis of how withdrawal agreement would operate

Cliff Taylor: And so we find ourselves up the same old cul-de-sac, facing the impossibility of the UK having all it wants from Brexit while still avoiding a hard Irish Border.

Cliff Taylor: Latest legal document highlights reality of the Irish Border backstop

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May is welcomed by Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri as she arrives for the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires:  Brexit debate is still based on a lack of reality about what might be available. Photograph: Marcos Brindicci

No one can say what happens next if Theresa May loses vote on her exit plan

A combination of Central Bank borrowing limits and cash in the market are limiting would-be buyers’ options. Photograph: iStock

Smart Money: the three key insights from the latest Central Bank report on affordability and house prices

Not pretty: Bank of England governor Mark Carney outlining the likely economic impact of a no-deal Brexit on Wednesday afternoon.   Photograph: Bloomberg

Latest analysis highlights the huge cost for Ireland of a disorderly, no-deal Brexit

An anti-Brexit protester waves an European Union  flag: the House of Commons looks likely to vote down the withdrawal agreement. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Helter-skelter months ahead for Brexit with significant uncertainty and turbulence likely

Daft recently calculated that the average supply of monthly rental properties is only a third of estimated demand. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Smart Money: Employees on average wages can’t afford to buy or rent, so is the jobs boom sustainable?

British Prime Minister Theresa May  outside  Downing Street, London on Thursday. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

EU, UK agree deal on ‘future relationship’. Sorry, what now?

DUP leader Arlene Foster and deputy leader Nigel Dodds. With no functioning assembly in the North and the Conservatives relying on the DUP to prop them up in government, the DUP view has got all the airtime. Photograph: PA Wire

Belfast could market itself as a unique destination for foreign direct investment, allowing a free flow of goods into both the EU (...)

The harder the Brexit, the worse it will be for Ireland.

Smart Money: As sterling swings and uncertainty rises, what does it mean for consumers and business?

Brexit was always going to be a negative for Ireland, so what we are talking about here is damage limitation. Photograph: Yves Herman/Pool/AP

There are positives to the proposed Brexit deal for the Irish economy if it goes through

The EU and the UK have reportedly agreed the main details of the withdrawal agreement. Photograph: Getty

Foster says NI trade rules being set in Brussels would be ‘democratically unacceptable’

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Does he accept the precedent of EU interference in our tax affairs and risk the backlash? Photograph: Donall Farmer

Paschal Donohoe hopes other countries will stay the course in opposing the French push for a new tax on big tech

EU and Irish sources say the original EU plan for the Irish backstop must also remain in the withdrawal agreement as a final fail-safe.

Assurances involve prospect of UK staying in customs union for post-Brexit period

Lending volumes shot up through late 2016 and early 2016 from low levels and have now topped out

Smart Money: are we seeing a temporary slowing in mortgage borrowing or something more fundamental?

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney at the “Getting Ireland Brexit Ready” workshop at the Convention Centre, Dublin, last Thursday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Decision due shortly on whether there will be a November summit on UK withdrawal

Bernard Byrne: leaving chief executive role at AIB for a deputy chief executive job at Davy. Photograph: Julien Behal

Frustration at bank salary caps ignores fact sector smaller than era of boom-time folly

Tongue in cheek? Leo Varadkar tweeted that the State would be ‘happy’ to offer financial help to the UK in the future.  Photograph: PA Wire

Smart Money: Leo Varadkar’s tweet raised eyebrows, particularly as we stil owe the UK €4m

Protesters participate in an anti-Brexit demonstration in central Belfast. File photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The transition period only kicks in if there is a Brexit withrawal deal

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and UK prime minister Theresa May: If talks fail, we face new trading arrangements being introduced overnight. Photograph: PA

There is no magic solution to the Border issue and it is not clear whether there is any route to a compromise either

While the continued common travel area would allow free movement of people, goods would face different regulations. Photograph: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

Cliff Taylor: Businesses have faced uncertainty since the vote in the summer of 2016

Interest rates on the US and UK have started to rise and it is only a matter of time before the ECB follows suit. Image: Irish Times Graphics

Smart Money: ECB will start to raise rates in 2019. What will this mean for mortgage borrowers?

European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier attends an EU General Affairs Council in Luxembourg, on October 16, 2018.Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Donald Tusk has warned a no-deal Brexit is‘more likely than ever.’ But if it happens it could be chaotic

Plan A –  Denis Naughten, then minister for communications, announces details of the National Broadband Plan in April 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Government has to make a call – it can’t let this broadband saga drag on and on

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: What has he really done for single employees?  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Smart Money: A typical PAYE single worker got €16 a week from last three budgets - many self-employed couples have got €40

“For spending to keep increasing at this rate, we need taxes to keep rising. If there is any sudden economic downturn, spending plans would, sooner or later, have to be adjusted.” File photograph: iStockPhoto

With extra resources to be poured into housing and health, overall in 2019 the tax burden on the economy will rise – with plenty o(...)

There is no immediate reason why companies would want to move their IP again out of Ireland

Move will restrict big companies transferring IP assets to other parts of their operations

Paschal Donohoe at the announcement of Budget 2019. Photograph: Collins

Cliff Taylor: Basic gains for taxpayers come in below €5 a week, though some will gain more

The Revenue Commissioners report is to be published by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe.

Bulk of additional money in 2016 came from 149 taxpayers earning more than €400,000

Photograph: iStock

Ministers are playing up tax reductions, but the extra cash is going to higher spending

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: announced a change to his budget target for next year. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Exchequer benefits from late corporation tax surge this year, but needs new revenues for 2019

Just how do the super-rich do it? Photograph: iStock

Smart Money: High income PAYE taxpayers pay at a higher rate than the wealthiest

The problem for the Irish Government is that while UK membership of the customs union would suit us, the rest of the EU believes the UK should not be allowed to pick and choose

Irish firms face the prospect of rising business and economic uncertainty in the months ahead

Minister for finance Brian Lenihan addresses a press conference at Government Buildings following the bank guarantee in September 2008. Photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall

Cliff Taylor: We must start managing our economy in defensive mode and hold on to gains

The Comptroller & Auditor General’s report says 140 high net worth individuals, or 42 per cent of the total, declared taxable income of less than €125,000 in 2015.

C&AG report shows huge variation in tax paid by 334 high net worth individuals

Valère Moutarlier said the “jury was still out” on Ireland’s attitude, but that, if the tax was not agreed at EU level, individual member states would proceed on their own. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Political agreement expected by year end on interim arrangement, says head of tax directorate

The political decision has been made to hike spending – so the tax burden will not fall

Minister for Transport Shane Ross says he has nothing to do with the National Transport Authority’s new bus plan.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Cliff Taylor: Quangoland is back in business

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May arrives for a family photo during the European Union leaders informal summit in Salzburg. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Reuters.

Smart Money: Everything you wanted to know about the Border question, but were afraid to ask

In the North,with no government in Stormont and the uncertainties of Brexit, investment is going to remain depressed. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Cliff Taylor: Strategic thinking about the North’s economy is absent in Brexit debate

Sterling has edged up over the last three weeks, gaining to under 89p against the euro now, compared to 91p in late August.

As Brexit withdrawal talks reach a crunch phase, the UK currency is firmly in the spotlight

With the Land Development Agency, the big winners could be developers and the assorted hangers on in the big advisory companies, who have already milked Nama. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Land agency may trap State between private and public house provision

The volatile nature of Ireland’s housing market is cause for caution

Smart Money: The Irish model of wealth generation is tied up in boom-and-bust Irish house prices

Ireland is in a tricky position as pressure grows for reform

End of unanimity voting on tax would be hugely dangerous to Ireland

“If the Government stood back, the tax would be levied on the basis of prices which have risen by 80 per cent since the last valuation. That would mean a big increase in bills. This will not happen.”

Doing nothing is not an option with revaluation of properties due in November 2019

Pro-Brexit demonstrators protest outside the Houses of Parliament in central London: it’s impossible to construct an economic model which will tell you what will happen in the few months after a no-deal Brexit. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty

A no-deal Brexit is a very real risk and would bring chaos across a range of areas

Taoiseach  wants to increase the standard rate cut-off point - the top of the band before someone pays tax at 40% - to €37,500.

Smart Money: Read Varadkar’s letter to Martin closely and you can calculate what the budget will mean for your pocket

“With Brexit looming, there is a strong case for aiming to move the exchequer firmly into surplus.” Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Taxes were below expectations in August and so there won’t be much leeway on budget day

Welcoming the report, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said in a statement that “the Government’s objective as set out in the summer economic statement is to balance the budget over the economic cycle and to use windfall receipts for debt reduction”.

Department of Finance points out that national debt per head of population is €42,000

When people on average wages cannot afford rents then they are too high. Photograph: Irish Times Graphics

Smart Money: big gap emerging between new tenants and those with an existing lease

At the Virginia Show in Co Cavan, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar mentioned the need to increase investment and spending on key public services and a tax and welfare package which ‘puts a little bit of money into everyone’s pocket’.

Cliff Taylor: Promised extra spending will take up most of our room for manoeuvre

The Revenue Commissioners hit on €80,000 as an income above which a new higher top rate of income tax might kick in

Smart Money: Budget tax relief is to be aimed at ‘middle earners’. But what does this mean?

“Greece really needs a strong and relatively stable international backdrop, because it needs economic growth, at an estimated 1.4 per cent last year and 2 per cent this year, to take hold.” Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Cliff Taylor: The country faces huge challenges and targets it will struggle to meet

The annual overruns in the health budget are as predictable now as the arrival of the first swallow. Photograph: Getty Images

Cliff Taylor: Health plan must be given a real chance despite the demands of our system

The cost of mortgages and rent are impacting on disposable income

Smart Money: No inflation and rising wages. So why don’t you feel better off?

As more and more parts of the market hit affordability barriers, we should see the overall rate of growth slow further. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

House price growth in Dublin is cooling as Central Bank rules and affordability kick in

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan  has said the country is in an economic war and called on the population to sell dollars and buy lira

Cliff Taylor: Investors are looking for a much more robust response than seen to date, fearing the Turkish economy may be heading (...)

The Pfizer plant in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork: In the past, big regional multinational closures have  dealt heavy blows. However, foreign direct investment is  a huge part of a region’s development.  Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/ Provision

Soaring rental costs in the capital leading more tech firms to locate outside Dublin

You can bring in goods worth €430 from outside the EU but once imports go above this value, customs and VAT become payable. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Smart Money: a special report on what Brexit will mean for Irish households

The fall of sterling  follows weekend comments by the UK’s international trade secretary Liam Fox, who warned that the risk of no-deal Brexit had risen to 60%.   Photograph: EPA

British currency breaks through 90p ceiling, adding to Irish exporter woes but making cross-border shopping more attractive

Warning lights will start to flash red for sterling if a Brexit transition period, due to kick in when the UK leaves in March 2019, is threatened. Photograph: EPA

Fraught territory as sterling weakens and move over 90p to euro may ring alarm bells

Grandparents are a vital cog without which many families could not function or would really struggle.

Independent Alliance idea must be killed off before time is wasted looking at it

Gym membership in Ireland is the most expensive in the EU but it’s getting more competitive. Photograph: Irish Times Graphics

Smart Money: It’s not cheap but competition for the sweaty euro is benefiting consumers

Privacy concerns could undermine US multinationals such as Google, the NTMA warns. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Caution comes after strong concerns expressed by National Competitiveness Council

The Intel facility at Leixlip, Co Dublin. Just five big players account for 30 per cent of all of the Republic’s exports. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Cliff Taylor: No quick fix to our economic reliance on handful of big players

The big players in the tech and pharma sectors are responsible for huge amounts of economic activity, productivity growth and tax revenue.

Third of exports come from just five companies, according to competitiveness council

The papers, published on Tuesday, examine the income levels at which earners enter the higher income tax rate in other countries, illustrating that the €34,550 level in Ireland is relatively low. File photograph: Getty Images

Strategy group suggests increasing diesel and carbon tax, and tax relief for self-employed

A view of Central Bank of Ireland’s headquarters in Dublin’s docklands. The financial regulator has urged caution in the upcoming budget. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Central Bank wants extra infrastructure to be paid for via higher taxes or lower spending, rather than more borrowing

US president Donald Trump and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker delivering a joint statement on trade outside the White House on Wednesday. Photograph:  Win McNamee/Getty Images

Both promised not to impose more tariffs and to find a way to remove those already introduced

UK airlines fly to the US under the so-called Open Skies deal. There can be no guarantee that the US will agree to replicate the terms of this for UK airlines post-Brexit

When the UK leaves the EU and becomes a ‘third country’, it ceases to be part of the fully-liberalised EU aviation market

Some younger drivers are being quoted €5,0000 to €6,000 for an annual premium. Photograph: iStock

Smart Money: Premiums may have fallen but too many still paying too much

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