In effect variable rate customers ended up delivering a second bailout to the banks, in addition to €64 billion injected in 2009.

For taxpaying variable mortgage holders, it seems like every way you look at this you lose. For years they have been forced to pay exorbitant interest(...)

MEP Matt Carthy: “The extremely low number of reported schemes raises questions about the poor effectiveness of the mandatory disclosure scheme.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Revenue Commissioners have received just 11 reports of potentially abusive tax-avoidance schemes since Ireland made it mandatory in early 2011 for(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: “He is neither an ideologue nor a risk-taker. He is unapologetically moderate and incremental.” Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Yet again it was a moment on RTÉ’s Prime Time which illustrated the changed political context in which budgets are shaped in the current Dáil. In the (...)

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(...)

Raining maps and cogs: Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe shows off Budget 2018. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

No fireworks, promised the Taoiseach. He was right. No need to wait for the smoke to clear after the Minister’s speech, because it barely managed a fe(...)

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(...)

Photograph: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

A tax on sugar-sweetened drinks will be introduced next April as the Minister for Finance followed through on widely flagged plans to impose such a le(...)

Keelin Shanley will present live coverage  of the budget speech on RTÉ.

When Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe stands up in the Dáil on Tuesday to deliver his budget, RTÉ management will be hoping for a smidgen of good (...)

The funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave at Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham. Military Pallbearers carry the coffin into the church. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar led the mourners at the funeral of former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave in Dublin on Saturday. President Michael D Higgins, who is (...)

Increasing the threshold would diminish the amount of tax payable on inheritances, many of which are mainly comprised of the family home. Photograph: iStockPhoto

Increases in the threshold for inheritance tax – promised in the programme for Government – have not yet featured in budget negotiations, according to(...)