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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe ahead of Budget 2019: modern budgeting is a continuous process, not something suited to one-off events. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

This column has argued many times that the annual budget exercise is a circus, and no longer fit for purpose. Some of the largest players on the Irish(...)

If Hammond’s move, which follows unilateral initiatives in Spain and India, helps to accelerate progress on a global approach to taxing the digital economy, Google, Facebook and Amazon may have more to worry about

Philip Hammond’s announcement of a digital services tax targeting technology giants was couched in caveats, reassuring consumers that it is not an onl(...)

Licensed facilities are identified as priority sites for enforcement using a scoring system developed by the EPA. File photograph: Getty Images

Five of the nine sites on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest “name and shame” list of most non-compliant sites among companies it regu(...)

Born in London to Cork parents, Timmy “The Brit” McCarthy (second right) retained his accent when he moved to Leeside in the 1960s to work as a butcher, earning him the nickname. File photograph: Irish Examiner

It’s not every day that a crematorium heaves to the sound of dancers spinning around in a polka but then there was nothing ordinary about the send-off(...)

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivers a speech at the Annual Mansion House dinner in London, Britain, June 21 2018. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Britain’s Treasury is not trying to undermine Brexit but is instead focused on boosting prosperity by promoting continued close ties with the European(...)

Saw Doctors musician Tony Lambert collects his £852,643 win from the National Lottery headquarters in Dublin in 1993. Photograph: RTE Archives

Tony Lambert, a former keyboard and accordion player with Galway band the Saw Doctors, has died in Thailand. Lambert, who was originally from Wales, (...)

‘The physical classroom needs to be ripped out. It’s pointless changing the message when the interface has remained the same since Dickens’

Is the Leaving Cert fit for purpose for the 21st century? It’s a question being regularly asked against the backdrop of a world where the skills requi(...)

Specialist Meric Greenbaum  on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, February 2nd, 2018. The stock market closed sharply lower, extending a weeklong slide, as the Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 600 points. Photograph: AP Photo/Richard Drew

Worries about the impact of a tightening job market on the prospects for inflation and a surge in bond yields sent investors fleeing equities on Frida(...)

Britain’s Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond attends the UK-China Economic Financial Dialogue  in Beijing on Saturday. Photograph: Getty

British finance minister Philip Hammond said on Saturday morning it is likely Britain will want to negotiate a bespoke arrangement for a future trade (...)

Demonstrators dressed as Britain’s prime minister Theresa May  before taking part in a protest on Whitehall outside the entrance to Downing Street in London before Wednesday’s budget. Photograph: Getty

What impact will the UK Budget have on us? Well, the first key message is that UK economic growth forecasts have been cut. This was blamed on lower p(...)

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