There is no scope in the forthcoming Budget for significant income tax cuts, Minister of State at the Department of Finance Brian Hayes has said.  Photograph : Matt Kavanagh / The Irish Times

There is no scope in the forthcoming Budget for significant income tax cuts, Minister of State at the Department of Finance Brian Hayes has said.He sa(...)

Internal Department of Finance emails indicate that officials were aware that local authorities were free to pass on the charge but sensitive about making this known publicly. Photograph: Frank Miller

Government officials changed the wording of the budget to obscure the fact that thousands of local authority tenants can be made liable for the proper(...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble (left) and his French counterpart, Pierre Moscovici, at last Friday’s Ecofin meeting in Luxembourg. Photograph: Peter Cavanagh

Irish officials will hold a series of high-level meetings in Brussels in the coming days in a bid to move towards common EU agreement on new banking (...)

“Frank Flannery, the businessman and Fine Gael fundraiser who chairs the forum on philanthropy, called on the Department of Finance to ‘look with new eyes at this area and to do all it can to stimulate growth within it’. What Flannery means is tax breaks for big charitable donations.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Last week the Government launched its campaign to encourage philanthropy. One Percent Difference seems to be a broad church, aimed at everything from (...)

“By early 2007 at the latest, the property market was already collapsing and all that remained was for the true scale of the banking and budgetary debacles and the implications for the taxpayer to eventually come to light.”

Traditionally the Irish, who can sing the dead to sleep, have been good at organising wakes. The financial wake of 2008 is another matter. 2008 will b(...)

The Government has failed distressed borrowers and is more concerned with protecting the State’s banks, the head of the Free Legal Advice Centre, Noel(...)

The Government has failed distressed borrowers and is more concerned with protecting the State’s banks, the head of the Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC(...)

Speaking in the Dáil, Minister for Health James Reilly said he was ’fully aware of the sensitive nature’ of the issue.

The debate on the abortion Bill has been adjourned in Dáil, with Minister for Health James Reilly insisting it brings legal clarity on the issue. Spea(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan at Government Buildings on his way to present his budget to the Dáil last year. Photograph: Eric Luke

The International Monetary Fund has warned the Government against using the proceeds from the deal to scrap the Anglo Irish Bank promissory note to r(...)

Setting up the National Pension Reserve Fund was one of  Charlie McCreevy’s  better decisions as minister for finance. Photograph: Frank Miller

A sovereign wealth fund is a nice thing to have. States enjoying windfalls often set up such funds. The Irish State enjoyed huge windfall tax gains fr(...)

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