Leo Varadkar in Brussels earlier this month. The Taoiseach has said there is a risk  tax giveaways and substantially increased public investment in the economy could repeat the “mistakes of the past”. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

The Government is concerned that wages will grow too fast next year, damaging Ireland’s competitiveness and undermining future economic growth, Taoise(...)

Is this the first selfie, taken by Paris Hilton in 2006?

In case you missed it, or perhaps studiously avoid any piece of news in which the words “Paris” and “Hilton” are conjoined, it is my solemn duty to in(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: defended help-to-buy scheme for first-time house buyers amid a sustained attack from Opposition politicians.

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said he cannot commit at this stage to the introduction of a vacant property tax because of the legal and social (...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said his plan to merge the universal social charge and PRSI into a single social insurance payment would take be(...)

Minister of State Helen McEntee and  Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the Fine Gael presidential dinner. Photograph: The Irish Times

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Government may penalise the banks if they do not compensate customers wrongly moved off tracker mortgages. Speaki(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: Finance Bill gives details of a new stock option scheme for SMEs. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Tech start-ups and other small businesses will be able to offer key personnel tax-efficient stock options under a new Government scheme designed to he(...)

Micheál Martin delivers the leader’s address at the Fianna Fail Ardfheis, in the RDS Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fine Gael and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar are “out-of-touch” elites who are seeking to divide Irish society, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has claimed.(...)

Prof Tim Callan of the  the ESRI found bigger adjustments to the tax system would have been needed to ensure  expected wage inflation did not eat into the value of wage increases. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The budget did not do enough to adjust the tax and welfare systems for the expected rise in wages next year, an analysis from the Economic and Social(...)

The failure to index the tax system fully for wage inflation means a bit more of any wage increase will go in tax. Photograph: iStock

Wage increases will mean that many people end up paying as much tax as a proportion of their income next year as they did this year, despite the budge(...)

Fianna Fáil public expenditure spokesman Dara Calleary  and its finance spokesman Michael McGrath. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Just as it is doing quite well out of the confidence and supply agreement in general, Fianna Fáil can feel it has done nicely from the second instalme(...)

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