Fine Gael TD Colm Brophy, chairman of the Committee on Budgetary Oversight: report notes  87 per cent of tax expenditures provided by the State do not have a sunset clause. Photograph: Tom Honan

The Committee on Budgetary Oversight has called for greater parliamentary scrutiny of so-called “tax expenditures” amid suggestions the State may be l(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: are Oliver Callan’s barbs getting to him?  Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

A clumsy attempt at comedy by Leo Varadkar on Thursday night had guests at a special dinner in Dublin wondering if comedian Oliver Callan’s well-aimed(...)

Economist Micheál Collins said Ireland had “effectively written the textbook on how not to do property supports via the tax system”. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The State loses approximately €21.4 billion in revenue each year in what are known as “tax expenditures”. These include the wide range of reliefs and(...)

Former Fianna Fáil TD Noel O’Flynn who was honoured by being made a tribe leader last week in Kenya in recognition, according to Cork businessman Michael Mulcahy’s Facebook posting, of his support for businesses in the east Africa country. In case anyone was wondering, wrote Mulcahy in a post with this photograph, he did not know whether O’Flynn, when attending future events in Cork, would have to be addressed as Chief

Well done to those TDs who strongly and passionately argued their case in the Dáil this week. These principled men were facing up to reality in calli(...)

Former minister for justice Frances Fitzgerald with then Garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan  at Templemore Garda College in April 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

No satisfactory explanation has been forthcoming as to why the email accounts of senior Department of Justice officials were not examined following re(...)

CSO figures show that 47 per cent of  workers in Ireland aged 20-69 had a private pension in 2015, down from 51 per cent in 2009 and 54 per cent in 2008.

It finally looks set to be on the way, several years after other countries have sought to address their own looming pension crises by forcing people t(...)

Prof Liam Delaney, Dr Micheal Collins and Alan Barrett at the Citizens Assembly gathering at Malahide. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

Freeing up equity from homes and redirecting State funds from private pension tax breaks to public pensions were among the issues discussed by the Cit(...)

A contactless payment by credit card on a Verifone Systems Inc payment device in London. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

When even a church starts accepting mobile payments in lieu of its weekly collection basket, you’ve got to think that the writing must be on the wall (...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, with Eamon Creamer, owner of the 1916 Ford Model T,  following the launch of the Action Plan for Regional Development in Ballymahon, Co Longford. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

“As we work towards a post-Brexit situation, we need to be able to have a vision for rural Ireland.” Reassuring words from the Taoiseach yesterday w(...)

Only the top 20 per cent of Irish households have a disposable income in excess of €60,000 and can be said to be “living the dream”.

The cost of the Irish dream is now €50,000 a year. And that is just for the entry-level version. What we are talking about here is having a house, a(...)

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