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Angela McGowan,  Confederation of British Industry’s regional director for Northern Ireland:  “The decision to move corporation tax to 25 per cent... sends a worrying signal to those planning to invest across the UK.” Photograph: Arthur Allison

The UK government’s move to raise corporation tax to 25 per cent, twice the Republic’s 12.5 per cent rate, poses an “acute” challenge for Northern Ire(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak: his answer to Britain’s low productivity is a ‘super deduction’ to encourage firms to invest. Photograph: Getty

Rishi Sunak’s budget was politically adroit, offering relief and support to businesses and households as they emerge from coronavirus restrictions, bu(...)

British chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak: ‘It would also be irresponsible to allow our future borrowing and debt to rise unchecked.’ Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer has extended most coronavirus support for businesses and individuals until September but announced future tax in(...)

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak needs to find extra tax revenue. Photograph: PA Wire

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak will use the election of Joe Biden as partial cover for a big budget increase in corporation tax rates, arguing that the US (...)

Under the Republic’s shared-equity housing scheme, a first-time buyer of a new-build home can ask the State to take up to a 30 per cent stake in the property. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The Republic’s shared-equity housing scheme has not even started and already it has rendered the laws of economics too offensive to mention. Under th(...)

Former UK chancellor George Osborne, who is joining boutique advisory firm Robey Warshaw as a full-time mergers and acquisitions banker.  Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Bloomberg

George Osborne, the former UK chancellor, is joining the boutique UK advisory firm Robey Warshaw, dropping the eclectic set of jobs he has taken since(...)

The poll carried out by LucidTalk for the Sunday Times found that 51 per cent of 2,392 people surveyed in Northern Ireland supported a referendum in the next five years.  Photograph: iStock

A new survey suggesting that a majority of people in Northern Ireland has been greeted with a mixed response from unionists and nationalist parties. (...)

Scornful hauteur: George Osborne. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/Getty

It was the casually dismissive manner in which former UK chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne wielded the knife that must have been so piercing (...)

Richard Sharp, new BBC governor. Photograph: PA/Bank of England

Former Goldman Sachs banker Richard Sharp will succeed Sir David Clementi as BBC chairman, BBC News has said. His appointment comes amid a debate abo(...)

Myles na gCopaleen: launched his literary career with fake letters to The  Irish Times

In the “Diary” column of the London Times on Thursday, there was a finely wrought pun that, while amusing, seemed oddly familiar. It involved the curr(...)

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