Paschal Donohoe

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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe (centre) with Stephen Nolan, chief executive of Sustainable Nation Ireland, and Kirsten Dunlop, chief executive of EIT Climate-KIC. Photograph: Shane O’Neill

A UN programme that encourages global financial centres to place “sustainable and green finance” at the heart of their operations and help fight clima(...)

Under proposals, councils would be given targets of how many houses they should build and the work would then be contracted on to private developers. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

Fianna Fáil is to insist on the inclusion of a €100 million affordable housing scheme for first-time buyers in this year’s budget. The proposal woul(...)

A building, on left, formerly used as Crossakiel Garda station. Photograph: Tim O’Brien

A family who bought a former Garda station within the Dublin commuter belt for €6,000 from the Office of Public Works has said it may rent out the bui(...)

Aside from Brexit, the British Irish Chamber called for the State’s 9 per cent VAT rate for the hospitality industry to be retained. Photograph: iStock

The Government should advocate for an EU-wide Brexit mitigation fund and set up a commission to identify the impact of Brexit on each tax heading in i(...)

Independent Alliance members Shane Ross, John Halligan and Finian McGrath.  To help tackle the housing crisis they want investors buying multiple homes to  pay an extra 10%  of the purchase price in tax on each property.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Investors buying multiple homes or apartments in new developments would be hit with a 10 per cent levy on every such property they buy under budget pl(...)

Trying to interpret trends in the Irish economy is always controversial given the distortions to our data caused by the presence of major multinationa(...)

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy said affordability could not be achieved “until we get over the nub of the problems which is the cost of building land and the State has significant land banks”. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A third of more than €100 million in grants to help first-time buyers purchase a new home were for properties valued at between €226,000-€300,000, new(...)

Grandparents are a vital cog without which many families could not function or would really struggle.

It is hard to believe that anyone could take seriously the proposal from Shane Ross and his pals in the Independent Alliance that a €1,000 grant shoul(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: A full 4.5% increase in VAT for “tourist accommodation” would bring in €208m, his officials believe. Photograph: Tom Honan

The hotel sector is expected to be singled out by the Government for an increase in the special lower VAT rate as Ministers seek to raise revenue in t(...)

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has rejected criticism of his proposal that grandparents who help with childcare should receive a €1,000 annual payment. Photograph: Alan Betson

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has defended his proposal for a so-called “granny grant”, a €1,000 payment to grandparents who carry out childmindin(...)

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