Forget about your Apples and your Googles, it’s income taxes that are driving the Irish economy. Photograph: iStock

Budget 2019 is fast approaching and, at times, it seems you can’t see the sky for all the kites being flown. One proposal that now seems a near certai(...)

An increase in excise duty on diesel was just one of several measures that had been widely expected to feature in Budget 2018 but which ultimately  got no mention. Photograph: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

In a budget that was largely devoid of measures that had not been well flagged in advance, the only real surprise was perhaps in some hotly tipped mea(...)

We are now in the final straight for Budget 2018, shortly Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will walk into Leinster House with a briefcase to deliv(...)

 Fine Gael leader Garret FitzGerald (right) and  John Bruton, FG spokesman on finance, 1982.  Photograph: Pat Langan

The Tax Strategy Group is supposed to offer the Minister for Finance a range of options as he or she prepares for the budget. The brushstrokes on the (...)

 A mock customs post set up in February by anti-Brexit campaigners at Ravensdale, Co Louth, to highlight concerns about the impact on trade. Photograph:   Niall Carson/PA Wire

If you are an Irish business how on earth do you plan for Brexit? For a small retailer the questions may go no further than whether the price of biscu(...)