Dan O Brien

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Department of Finance figures show the total tax take in the year to date is almost exactly as planned, standing at just under €11 billion.

In April, tax revenues amounted to €2.129 billion, an increase of €51 million or 2.4 per cent, on the same month in 201(...)

Michael Noonan, Minister for Finanace. Photograph: Alan Betson

Given how feeble the Oireachtas is at checking and balancing ministerial actions, it is a wonder that governments over the decades have not vee(...)

Chairman of Iceland’s Independence Party Bjarni Benediktsson. Iceland’s recovery from economic collapse is much weaker than the government proclaims, and a major debt writedown will be needed before crippling currency controls can be lifted, the country’s likely next leaders told Reuters. Photograph: Reuters/Balazs Koranyi

Icelanders go to the polls on Saturday. The outcome of their second general election since the financial collapse of 2008 will be of interest t(...)

Research shows that the relationship between a company’s age and its employment creation is consistent. Photograph: Reuters

New firms create more jobs than older firms according to new research by the Central Bank. The new study by Martina Lawless, a(...)

A trade deal between the European Union and the United States could add €800 million to the Irish economy and create up to 4,000 jobs, Richard (...)

IMF World Economic Outlook compares short-term impacts of Irish bank guarantee and Greek debt restructuring

In the opening chapter of the IMF’s World Economic Outlook report, the short term effects of Ireland’s 2008 bank guarantee, which exposed the S(...)

While the full-year figure for disposable income registered an increase on 2011, the trend from quarter to quarter over the course of 2012 was broadly flat

The combined disposable income of all Irish households increased by just over €2 billion last year compared to 2011, according to figures relea(...)

Prof John McHale, chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (right), with chief economist Diarmaid Smyth at a briefing on fourth Fiscal Assessment Report, at Whitaker Square, Dublin, yesterday. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government should not reduce the size of the packages of spending cuts and tax increases scheduled for the next two budgets, according to t(...)

Margaret Thatcher in 1982; Urged to do a U-turn on austerity in the early 1980s, the lady was not for turning.

By the time Margaret Thatcher became leader of Britain’s Conservative Party in the middle of the 1970s, the post-war era of full employment and(...)

Ann Nolan, Second Secretary Dept of Finance, with John Palmer, Principal,Dept of Finance (left) and David Owens, Principal, Dept of Public Expenditure and Reform, at the presentation of the Exchequer Returns for End-March 2013, at the Department of Finance  today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

The Exchequer deficit for the first quarter of 2013 stood at €3,695 million, €568 million lower than in the same period of 2012. According the Depa(...)

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