Arthur Beesley

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The exchequer deficit at end October 2014 stood at €8.51 billion compared to €10.521 billion in 2013. The figure represents an €1.76 billion improvement on the official target, thanks to rising tax receipts, an increase in Central Bank surplus income and reduced interest expenditure.

Tax returns this year are running almost €1.1 billion ahead of target after a surge in revenues last month, new figures show.While health expenditur(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the Government plans to repay as much as €10 billion to the IMF by the end of the year.

Arthur Beesley, Economics Editor The Government has sold 15-year bonds for the first time since 2009, raising €3.75 billion at a record low interest r(...)

The assessed water charge is set at €176 for the first adult, with an extra €102 per additional adult in the home

The Government is preparing an additional package of “comprehensive” changes to the water charging system, to be announced in the coming weeks, in (...)

What does Budget 2015 have in store? Follow all the action as it unfolds on irishtimes.com. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Follow Budget 2015 on irishtimes.com where our journalists will be bringing you the latest news and analysis throughout the day. Follow Budget 2015(...)

The Central Bank is speeding up sale of €25bn in bonds held since the promissory note deal

The Government stands to realise an unexpected financial gain next year from moves by the Central Bank to accelerate the disposal of debts built up b(...)

Thousands attend an anti-austerity protest at Merrion Square in Dublin: fading memories of the crisis will make it politically difficult to sustain fiscal discipline to cut national debt. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Fiscal Council can hardly have expected garlands for dishing out smelling salts over the budget – the body was not set up to court popularity. And(...)

PAC chairman John McGuinness said it was ‘not uncommon for officials and the chairman to meet with witnesses and for the chairman to explain the context and the procedures’. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The chairman of the Public Accounts Committee has reiterated his view that there was nothing unusual about his meeting with former Rehab chief executi(...)

Nama chaiman Frank Daly. A new review has said the agency is meeting its strategic objectives

The National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) has confirmed it is to become more involved in the Dublin property market as part of a plan to boost ho(...)

British prime minister David Cameron speaks to the media after an EU summit in Brussels yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Yves Logghe

British prime minister David Cameron is making a big play for concessions from Europe ahead of a referendum on British EU membership after he failed (...)

Brian  Crowley said  “the ECR group is a non-federalist, pro-EU group who believes in giving a much stronger say to national governments rather than to EU institutions”. Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil has disputed claims by its only MEP, Brian Crowley, that he joined a Eurosceptic grouping in the European Parliament partly to protect th(...)

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