Ruairi Quinn

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A minimum rate of 15 per cent – if adopted – is a very modest lift and would still leave Ireland with one of the lowest, if not the lowest, statutory tax rates in the EU. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/The New York Times

Labour’s finance spokesman, Ged Nash, did the unthinkable last week. He contemplated – out loud – raising Ireland’s 12.5 per cent corporate tax rate. (...)

I have recently discovered that foster children who have not been adopted by their foster parents are treated as strangers in law for the purposes of (...)

Trinity College says its E3 education is designed to give graduates the skills they need to create solutions that enable society to live sustainably and equitably. Photograph: iStock

My daughter is due to take her Leaving Cert in June and is determined to do two things: attend Trinity and find a career involved in addressing climat(...)

‘Governments have wide discretion in selecting judges for appointment by the President.’ File photograph: Getty Images

Few public appointment processes are more important, yet none is more haphazard or opaque. Governments have wide discretion in selecting judges for (...)

Sean Kelly. There was a time – the 1980s, mostly – when the name ‘Kelly’ and the word ‘Green’ were synonymous

We were discussing recently how in the 19th century, the name “Bridget” became a word in American English, meaning “housemaid”, because of the huge nu(...)

Investment in the Irish economy last year totalled €162 billion, or €3 billion a week. No other country in the world had a bigger per capita investment. Photograph: iStock

Ireland can’t seem to lose on tax. Every few months a gun is pointed at our l2.5 per cent corporation tax rate or we’re blasted as a tax haven, a sop (...)

Monica Hickey, 5th class teacher and Matt Melvin, school principal at St Etchen’s National School, Kinnegad, Co Westmeath. Photograph: Alan Betson

My grandson is 19-months-old. He is half Danish and lives in Copenhagen with his parents. And he has been back in kindergarten since April 15th. That’(...)

 The European Commission’s €13bn Apple tax ruling is effectively the largest corporate tax fine in history. Photograph: John Thys/AFP via Getty

What’s the most uncontested space in Irish politics? Our 12.5 per cent corporation tax. The policy – announced by former Labour finance minister Ruair(...)

 Tom O’Riordan from Tralee CBS winning the senior boys mile at the 1956 Irish Schools Athletics Championships at Duggan Park, Ballinasloe.

The plan was to sit back until the last 300m and then kick blindly to the line. There was no sure or best way of winning, only the dream way, and when(...)

 Ireland and Leinster lock James Ryan in action for St Michael’s in the Senior Cup final against Blackrock in March 2013. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

They have become the leading rugby feeder school in the country, so much so that St Michael’s have become something of a modern-day phenomenon – the b(...)

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