Paschal Donohue

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton arriving at TU Dublin in Grangegorman with members of the Cabinet to announce details of Climate Action Plan 2019. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Government has outlined a highly ambitious plan to cut Irish carbon emissions on a sustained basis up to 2030, which will be backed by annual incr(...)

  JP O’Brien is the owner  of Little Collins Dispensary in Galway city,  where  €10,000 worth of plant produce was confiscated last week. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Garda and Customs have launched a crackdown on shops and cafes selling cannabis derivatives in recent weeks with owners facing the possibility of leng(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue: the second-largest dividend last year was paid by the DAA, totalling €37.4 million, according to the Minister. Photograph: Alan Betson

Commercial semi-State companies last year paid out dividends of €261.19 million to the State, according to Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue. This (...)

Rowan Kelly from Bray with other members of Climate Strike Fridays for Future, spending the 13th consecutive Friday protesting about Climate Change outside the Dáil. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Fine Gael has been accused of attempting to dilute a key climate action target to decarbonise the Irish economy by 2050. The Committee on Climate Act(...)

Philip Lane: Last year, he was nominated as a vice-president of the ECB  but his nomination was withdrawn to “avoid divisions”.  Photograph: Tom Honan

The governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, Philip Lane, has been nominated for appointment as the next chief economist of the European Central Bank,(...)

Competition between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for the accolade of being the most responsible political party intensified in December as Theresa May struggled to secure a ‘soft’ Brexit at Westminster. Micheál Martin agreed to prop up Leo Varadkar’s minority Government for a further year and contrasted political chaos in London to rational behaviour in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The prospect of a hard Brexit and falling economic growth has generated Government plans to protect Irish consumers and producers from shortages and d(...)

Conn McCluskey, chief executive, Active Ireland: ‘We believe it would be wrong to increase tax on physical activity given the need to get more people active in the country”

Irish sporting bodies have welcomed the increased allocation for sport in Budget 2019, an additional €15 million to go towards various projects and in(...)

The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohue, has signalled an intention to put in place “a long-term trajectory for carbon tax increases out to 2030” in future budgets

The Government has backed off any increase in carbon tax, but Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe signalled an intention to put in place “a long-term(...)

The Minister for Finance delivering Budget 2018. Paschal Donohue today, like all of his modern predecessors, is so busy making sure the ship is not sunk by gross inequality that he can barely think about the course of the voyage. Photograph: Alan Betson

The point of a ritual is to reinforce our sense of what is sacred. The ritual of budget day is not meaningless. It carries a message: fiscal policy is(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: announced a change to his budget target for next year. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Significant extra revenues will have to be raised in Budget 2019 to allow for spending increases and tax cuts, pre-budget figures have confirmed. The (...)

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