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Growing paings: Nobody believes our GDP numbers any more. Photograph: iStock

The Central Statistics Office unleashed a slew of economic data this week. It shows, among other things, that the Irish economy is booming again, and (...)

US treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Friday that the US “firmly opposes proposals by any country to single out digital companies”.

A new OECD report on taxing the digital sector shows Ireland is not alone in opposing a European Union plan to impose a sales tax on the big players i(...)

It’s not that most statistics are made up; it’s just they can skew the picture if used too sparingly. Based on current growth rates, employment in t(...)

Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe will have to decide how to play this one. Does he have to give some ground in the short term and hope to fight off the more serious measures ? Or does he just say “no”? Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

We are now facing a threat to our corporate tax regime, or parts of it at least, that is shaping up as the most serious seen in recent years. The tax (...)

European tax commissioner Pierre Moscovici and Greece’s finance minister, Euclid Tsakalotos, at the Ecofin meeting in Brussels on Tuesday. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

A European Commission proposal to impose a special tax on the sales of big digital companies in the European Union threatens to hit Irish corporate ta(...)

EU finance commissioner Pierre Moscovici said Europe must “act fast” to secure a common approach to digital tax”. Adding that he expects Ireland to pay a positive role in the negotiations, despite its reservations. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Paschal Donohoe and other EU finance ministers have sharply criticised EU finance commissioner Pierre Moscovici, as tensions rise before next week’s b(...)

The rescue of financial institutions and government reluctance to encourage the seizure of homes with non-performing loans has limited the rise in homelessness but created other problems. Photograph: Frank Miller

The rescue of financial institutions and government reluctance to encourage the seizure of homes with non-performing loans has limited the rise in hom(...)

Research demonstrates that many young people value the place of religious education in schools. File photograph: Getty Images

It’s time to talk about religious education. Last month, Minister for Education Richard Bruton published a circular setting out new arrangements for c(...)

Angel Gurria, secretary general of the OECD,  with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The OECD’s reputation took a hammering during the financial crisis. It not only failed to spot the banking contagion that triggered the meltdown, it g(...)

OECD  predicted the Irish economy would continue expanding over the next two years, albeit at a “more sustainable pace”, forecasting growth of 2.9%  this year and 2.4%  next year. Photograph: Getty Images

The Republic has recovered strongly from the crash, but is “failing” when it comes to healthcare and “underperforming” in other key areas such as hous(...)

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