Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. The rhetoric of the Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil framework document signals a move leftward for the parties. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland/PA Wire

Those who were centrally involved in producing the framework agreement between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael were fully prepared for the charges that foll(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe with Budget 2020 at Government Buildings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Budget 2020 has broken the assumption built up over recent years of continuous, generous increases in funding for Government departments; of across-th(...)

Cities that have introduced congestion charging have seen tangible improvements in terms of reduced traffic and better air quality.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

The establishment of the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service has increased the analytic capacity within the Departments of Finance and of(...)

In planning revisions to a tax system, the government has much more responsibility than balancing of the books and complying with euro-zone requirements

“The avoidance of taxes is the only intellectual pursuit that still carries any reward,” asserted John Maynard Keynes, one of the most influential eco(...)

In 2009, when the financial crisis struck and car sales collapsed, the tax take fell to €375 million.

So what are the main points of the proposed new motor tax regime? Basically it boils down to this: For all motorists – Increases in the price of di(...)

Minister for Health Simon Harris and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: the children’s hospital cost overrun comes at the expense of other health and social services which try to control their costs. Photograph: Rollingnews.ie

The departments of health and public expenditure and reform have been given a month by the Government to prepare “an implementation plan” for the PwC (...)

Renewable energy: One of the committee’s priorities would be to ensure the carbon tax is applied in a fair manner as Ireland transitions way from being a high fossil fuel-intensive industry. Photograph: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

The Government will oversee an extensive consultation process on carbon taxes in the coming months. The process will be led by the Departments of Fina(...)

Leader of Fianna Fáil, Micheál Martin, is pictured with Anne Rabbitte TD, Fiona O’Loughlin TD and  Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee at the party Think-in in Malahide on September 11th. Mr Martin has been keen for a retrospective review of the confidence and supply agreement  Photograph: Conor McCabe

Fianna Fáil is to push the Government on what it says is slow progress on using credit union funds to help tackle the housing crisis, as the party pre(...)

Graduate training programmes offer graduates a great opportunity to gain valuable experience in their chosen career area. Photograph: iStock

Dedicated graduate programmes are increasingly important to recruitment and more companies are going down this route. The following is a selection of (...)

The publication of expenditure reports gives Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe ammunition when he sits down to listen to Ministers demanding more money for their departments. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

With strong economic growth and a general election in the mid-distance fuelling expectations around the Cabinet table, as well as among interest group(...)

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