The cost of mortgages and rent are impacting on disposable income

There has been almost no overall inflation in prices in the Irish economy in recent years. And wages are rising. So how come many – particularly in yo(...)

The papers, published on Tuesday, examine the income levels at which earners enter the higher income tax rate in other countries, illustrating that the €34,550 level in Ireland is relatively low. File photograph: Getty Images

An increase in the income level at which earners become liable to the higher 40 per cent income tax rate, and more tax relief for the self-employed, n(...)

Britain’s prime minister Theresa May on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “I am not going to Brussels to compromise our national interest.” Photograph: BBC handout via Reuters

British prime minister Theresa May said US president Donald Trump had previously advised her to sue the European Union as part of her Brexit strategy,(...)

'When the Dart fills up at Grand Canal Dock, it is with real people, real employees, real managers.'

This week’s publication of bumper corporation-tax receipts reflects largely increased income from multinational companies. It comes hot on the heels o(...)

The income tax burden on lower earners here is well below the average.

How do so many people in Ireland escape the income tax net entirely? Because recent budgets have made sure that this was the case, that’s how. The l(...)

Taxes on lower incomes are significantly less here than the international average – and the numbers exempted entirely from paying tax are also unusually high. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

How do so many people in Ireland escape the income tax net entirely? Because recent budgets have made sure that this was the case, that’s how. Durin(...)

Squeezed middle: are those likely to do best out of Budget 2019 the  middle-income earners? Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty

Can the so-called squeezed middle expect any significant “unsqueezing” in Budget 2019? Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has promised they will ben(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue has sent out hints that not all the money available will be spent on budget day. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government has made a few efforts to play down expectations about the October budget. But without much success, it would appear. The post-Easter t(...)

Xavier Legrand: 'It struck me when I was talking to victims of domestic violence, and they were telling their stories, that sometimes they might have been relating the plot of a thriller.' Photograph: Claude Medale/Corbis via Getty

In France a woman dies at the hands of her live-in partner every two and a half days, a shocking statistic that, depressingly, doesn’t include related(...)

The suspected bots weren’t overtly biased, sharing about 41 per cent of links to political sites with a conservative audience, and 44 per cent to primarily liberal audiences. Photograph: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images

Automated accounts – “bots” – on Twitter are responsible for spreading two-thirds of tweeted links to digital content, the Pew Research Centre has fou(...)

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