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German chancellor Angela Merkel and finance minister Olaf Scholz. Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

Some EU finance ministers have given short shrift to proposals from the European Commission to end unanimity voting on taxation. The ministers, meeti(...)

Exports of goods and services increased 1.5 per cent during the quarter

The economy grew by 0.9 per cent in the third quarter and is on target for GDP growth of 7.5 per cent for the year as a whole. Initial estimates from(...)

“This is a tax on the health of the people of Ireland,” said the Health Stores Ireland spokesman Matt Ronan. Photograph: iStock

Health stores have reacted angrily to moves that could see Revenue impose a VAT rate of 23 per cent on food supplements including vitamins, minerals, (...)

Victims of the hepatitis C blood contamination scandal and Magdalene Laundry survivors will not pay tax on their compensation payments under previously unannounced measures in the Finance Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Victims of the hepatitis C blood contamination scandal and Magdalene Laundry survivors will not pay tax on their compensation payments under previousl(...)

‘Humans are notoriously bad at estimating future risk. This kind of thinking is fatal when it comes to climate change.’ Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Imagine a fire station. The fire alarm begins to blare, but the response from the firefighters is to put on the kettle. After a nice cup of tea, they (...)

Initial financing is to come from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF), an €8 billion fund

There has been mixed reaction to confirmation of a new €1.5 billion “rainy day” fund to help offset future shocks to the economy. Minister for Financ(...)

Some long-awaited pieces of legislation like the Judicial Appointments Bill have been held up because of debate about their contents but should finally be passed this session. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government’s legislative priority list for the current session is dominated by some obvious items such as the financial measures required by the b(...)

Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe said records on Civil Service staff alone, as at the end of May, showed there were “just below 1,000 staff members” on less than the living wage. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Almost 1,000 civil servants are surviving on less than the so-called living wage, Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe has revealed. Temporary clerica(...)

ESM managing director Klaus Regling pictured with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker earlier this week. Photograph: EPA

The EU body that gives loans to economically troubled member states says it saved the Irish taxpayer €87 million in debt repayments last year, the equ(...)

Not surprisingly, Angela Merkel had reservations about Emmanuel Macron programme. Photograph: Carsten Koall/ POOL/EPA

 “He who has no goals must endure his fate; he who has a purpose can shape it.” – Immanuel Kant On Sunday the German chancellor broke her silenc(...)

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