Prof Stephen Kinsella of University of Limerick says “The appropriate time to consider changes to the fiscal architecture of the State is now, while these risks are, as yet, unrealised.”

Ireland risks the return of “dramatic” cuts to public expenditure seen during the recession if State spending increases continue as projected, an Oire(...)

The Central Statistics Office’s latest Labour Force Survey, the most accurate indicator of employment trends, suggested that the participation rate among potential workers here rose slightly to 62 per cent in the first quarter of 2019.

The percentage of “prime-age” workers employed in the Republic is now higher than at any other time, a testament to the current strength of the labour(...)

Fine Gael TD Colm Brophy, chairman of the Committee on Budgetary Oversight: report notes  87 per cent of tax expenditures provided by the State do not have a sunset clause. Photograph: Tom Honan

The Committee on Budgetary Oversight has called for greater parliamentary scrutiny of so-called “tax expenditures” amid suggestions the State may be l(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said the budget was prepared ‘on a careful and contained basis’. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has hit back at criticism of the Government’s budgetary policy, saying he was not going to apologise for using ad(...)

Irish Fiscal Advisory Council chairman Seamus Coffey: said the Government’s “repeated failure” to rein in unplanned spending has left the State exposed to future shocks

A cliff-edge Brexit next March could have a far greater impact on the Republic than previously thought, the Government’s budgetary watchdog has warned(...)

The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohue, has signalled an intention to put in place “a long-term trajectory for carbon tax increases out to 2030” in future budgets

The Government has backed off any increase in carbon tax, but Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe signalled an intention to put in place “a long-term(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he was not planning “significant tax reductions” in the next budget. Photograph: Tom Honan.

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is not planning “significant tax reductions” in the next budget and denies there are tensions between himself and(...)

About 40% of the revenue generated from corporation tax comes from 10 companies. Photograph: Getty Images

A shock to the State’s corporation tax base, which generated a record €8 billion last year, is more or less inevitable, economist Seamus Coffey has wa(...)

European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan said that small farmers’ pockets should not be hit by the proposed farm budget cutbacks.

Big farmers will bear the brunt of proposed cuts in the European Union farm budget following the departure of the UK from the bloc. The European Comm(...)

Protesting farmers outside the Dail in 2013. The Fórsa trade union is unhappy that members cannot claim tax relief on subscriptions when, it says, members of the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) can. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill/THE IRISH TIMES

Trade unions are to seek the re-introduction of tax relief on subscriptions paid by their members. In a submission to an Oireachtas committee on Wedn(...)

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