Frank Flannery: was paid  €60,000 per annum by an organisation called Philanthropy Ireland.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

As this morning’s media reports show, it is now becoming clear why Frank Flannery moved so precipitately to sever his links with Fine Gael, or (...)

The Department of Finance has advised against the introduction of a scheme which would allow Irish tax exiles to spend more time in Ireland for a substantial lump sum payment

The Department of Finance has advised against the introduction of a scheme which would allow Irish tax exiles to spend more time in Ireland for a subs(...)

The Department of Finance is of the view that the unemployment rate will continue to fall in 2014, down to slightly under 13 per cent from a high of 14.7 per cent in 2012. Photograph:  Frank Miller

The Department of Finance has revised its projections for Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth next year down from 2.4 per cent to 1.8 per cent, the Oi(...)

Labour TD Aodhán Ó Riordáin TD: “Nobody should ever have to make a choice between education and their livelihood”.

The chief executive of the Disability Federation of Ireland has warned that the period after the State emerges from its austerity drive could be a tim(...)

The Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform is to consider  pre-budget submissions from a range of charitable, interest and lobby groups at Goverment Buildings today.  Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Repeated tax increases on cigarettes and tobacco are forcing people to go without food in order to have money to satisfy their addiction rather than d(...)

Various groups will address the committee today. Photograph: Screengrab from Oireachtas broadcasting

The Oireachtas Committee on Finance has begun hearing pre-Budget submissions from groups today. From 10am, organisations such as Barnardos, Threshold (...)

Bankers under the spotlight

Earlier this year the Central Bank set both a target and a deadline for banks to offer some financially distressed customers a way out of their debt d(...)

Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher arrives at Leinster House to speak at the Oireachtas finance committee yesterday.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The chief executive of Bank of Ireland has defended its dealings with distressed mortgage holders, saying it cannot write off debts as it has to remai(...)

Ulster Bank  chief executive Jim Brown  after addressing the Oireachtas finance committee yesterday. Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

Senior Ulster Bank managers have expressed concern at “over-prescriptive” targets for dealing with mortgage arrears, saying they could have unintended(...)

 Labour TD Kevin Humphreys: concerned that  sensitive information 
– including the actual amount of the agreed budget announcement –
is being passed onto an unelected body while the Oireachtas
, and its Finance Committee,
 is kept in the dark
 about all details of the Budget until it is announced
. Photograph: Davd Sleator/The Irish Times

The Department of Finance’s decision to provide sensitive economic forecasts to the Fiscal Advisory Council weeks in advance of the October Budget (...)

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