Seamus Coffey

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Whatever precise mechanism is used, we need a different – and tougher – approach to dealing with those who won’t engage

You can choose either to be upset or outraged at the latest Central Bank report on mortgage arrears. Upset, because those in deep arrears are, on aver(...)

Ten years after the crash we are left with some 50,000 residential mortgage accounts in arrears of over three months, and another 20,000 buy-to-let mortgages in a similar position. Photograph: Getty Images

Sparked by the proposed sale of €3.7 billion in mortgage loans by Permanent TSB, this week’s hot political issue has been what this will mean for borr(...)

The change of tone by the Government on the outlook for corporate tax is notable. Previously, ministers had relied on data from the Revenue Commission(...)

Facebook stressed the changes will have no jobs impact here, where it employs more than 2,000 workers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Facebook’s decision to stop booking global revenues in Ireland increases pressure on other tech giants who use their operations here to lower tax bill(...)

Council chairman Séamus Coffey said there were a number of questionable assumptions underpinning the department’s forecasts, including the assumption that the United Kingdom was an “average trading partner”. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Department of Finance may be significantly underestimating the impact of a hard Brexit on the Irish economy, the Government’s Fiscal Advisory Coun(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: A recent study of our corporation tax code by economist Séamus Coffey has assured the Department of Finance that the current upswing could be relied upon until at least 2020.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Since 2015, there has been a “level shift” in corporate tax receipts flowing to the exchequer, with most of the increased revenue coming from a just h(...)

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council says too fast a pick-up in construction jobs could force up wages and erode competitiveness. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Rapidly boosting the construction of housing supply may cause the economy to overheat, thus requiring counter-cyclical measures such as higher income (...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said that multinationals have to contribute more to society. File photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Multinationals have to contribute more to society, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said, but he stopped short of agreeing to further Irish budge(...)

Michael Noonan: in the 2015 budget, he ended the double Irish tax scheme and abolished the 80 per cent rule so firms could claim tax relief on up to 100 per cent of profits from their IP investment. Photograph: Jock Fistick/Bloomberg

Ireland has always tended to give the benefit of the doubt to multinationals when it comes to tax matters. The challenge in recent years has been tryi(...)

Apple is amongst the multinationals believed to have moved intellectual property to Ireland over the past couple of years. Such moves were a key factor behind the huge jump in Irish GDP in 2015.

The Government is to raise more money in the short term from the multinational sector by limiting the use of a key tax allowance related to the transf(...)

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