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The SCSI estimated the professional fees attached to building two-bed apartments in Dublin at between €18,000 and €21,000, but Dublin City Council was charged between €44,027 and €54,062. Photograph: iStock

Private developers have been accused by Sinn Féin of “overcharging” and “price gouging” Dublin City Council (DCC) for social housing developments. I(...)

While the cost of building certain apartments had come down in recent years, reflecting changes to the design guidelines, the report said affordability remains ‘a huge challenge’. Photograph:   Alan Crowhurst/PA Wire

The cost of delivering a two-bed apartment in Dublin ranges from €359,000 for a low-rise unit in the suburbs to as much as €619,000 for a high-rise un(...)

It is claimed VAT due on the goods bought in the UK by Kevin Rabbitte was not paid to Revenue when the machinery was subsequently sold on in Ireland.  The Four Courts. Photograph: Chris Maddaloni/Collins

The High Court has been asked to impose the maximum disqualification period possible on a company director who has admitted his role in a fraudulent s(...)

US stock indexes dived about 1% on Wednesday. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

On Wednesday European shares had their worst day since June as concerns around rising debt yields gripped equity markets worldwide, while tech stocks (...)

Stamp duty came in below projections, raising questions about Minister for Finance  Paschal Donohoe’s expectations for the tax head. Photograph: Frank Miller

The Government collected €200 million less than expected in tax during the first four months of the year, the latest exchequer returns show. However,(...)

Retail Excellence Ireland has said that a leak in consumer spend to the UK threatens retail failure. Photograph: iStock

Retail Excellence Ireland has called for a cut in the VAT rate of 3 per cent to protect retailers from the worst excesses of Brexit. In its pre-budge(...)

 Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge Ballintoy, Co Antrim. Tourism-related businesses in the North pay 20 per cent VAT, compared with 9 per cent paid by their counterparts in the Republic. Photograph: Chris Hill

Tax on tourism and flights in the North could be slashed once the UK leaves the EU, an influential committee of MPs has said. The hospitality industr(...)

The exchequer deficit at end October 2014 stood at €8.51 billion compared to €10.521 billion in 2013. The figure represents an €1.76 billion improvement on the official target, thanks to rising tax receipts, an increase in Central Bank surplus income and reduced interest expenditure.

Tax returns this year are running almost €1.1 billion ahead of target after a surge in revenues last month, new figures show.While health expenditur(...)

The Government’s first set of exchequer returns for 2014 have been heavily distorted by the introduction of a new European-wide money transfer system.(...)