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Burning issue: there is pressure on the Government to increase tax on oil or gas finds – like the Barryroe well, above. photograph: finbarr o’rourke

We are still waiting for new oil or gas finds to begin flowing ashore, but the debate on how they should be taxed continues unabated.Under the current(...)

Nigeria’s finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. “Could do more,” she told the Shell who had proudly declared that 
the exploration company had paid $12
billion in taxes last year to African countries “including $4.5 billion into your treasury, 
Ngozi”. Photograph: Reuters

Nigeria’s minister for finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala had listened to the man from Shell proudly declare the exploration company had paid $12 billion in(...)

Michéal Martin: “Whitegate provides one-third of all our transportation fuel and is a long-term principal supplier to the National Oil Reserves Agency. The threat to its future has serious implications for Ireland’s energy supply and consequently for our economy.”
he said.
 Photograph: Eric Luke

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin yesterday warned the proposed sale of Ireland’s only oil refinery at Whitegate in Cork Harbour could have serious im(...)

Holland’s byzantine network of tax treaties has led to some 23,000 shell companies setting up in the country

There was a sharp intake of breath in The Hague at the end of March when a senior executive of Starbucks told a British parliamentary inquiry he could(...)

An employee counts Syrian pound notes at the Syrian central bank in Damascus. The Syrian pound has lost about 60 per cent of its value against the US dollar in two years. Photograph: Reuters/Khaled al-Hariri

Syria is at war but Damascus continues to function. Fruit and vegetables arrive from the countryside every day at the main wholesale market. (...)

‘Shell faces up to climate change challenge” ran the headline in this paper last week. I wish it were true but the company has a credibility pr(...)

Barryroe,  a Providence interest off the Cork coast, which could potentially be the next commercial field in the Republic’s waters. Photograph: Finbarr O’Rourke

A single commercial oil or gas find in Irish waters could provide close to 800 jobs for 31 years and deliver €4.5 billion in corporate taxes to(...)

The idea that Shell might be doing its bit to save the world from environmental disaster is something Shell to Sea campaigners might find odd, (...)

Shell said the accidental severing of a gas pipe at its plant at Ballinaboy, Co Mayo, posed “no danger to the environment” and the company was investigating the circumstances. File photograph: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland.

Shell E&P Ireland has said it is conducting an internal investigation, following the inadvertent cutting of a gas pipe at (...)

 Rory McIlroy  hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the Shell Houston Open at the Redstone Golf Club  in Humble, Texas. Photograph: Scott Halleran/Getty Images

Rory McIlroy was left cursing silly mistakes as his woes continued at the Shell Houston Open, where he finished round one nine shots behind lea(...)

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