UK chancellor Sajid Javid. “His message to UK business was clear  – the UK was getting ready to diverge from EU rules.” Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg

This time next week the UK will have left the European Union. You will hardly notice, bar reports of whatever show Nigel Farage and his pals put on in(...)

 Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe at his office in Merrion Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

As an escape from the hurly-burly of politics, Paschal Donohoe loves to get lost in a bit of science fiction. On the window sill beside his desk in th(...)

There is always a  risk is that the parties will   try to win our votes with promises funded by money that may not materialise. Photograph: PA

The parties are about to launch their manifestos. And as their basis they will be using updated Department of Finance estimates for the public finance(...)

As the Swedish concept of “flygskam” (flight shame) becomes a global movement, there are calls for a co-ordinated EU discussion on aviation taxation in a bid to advance climate protection. Photograph: iStock

Aviation taxation has become a trending topic in recent months. The sector is notably privy to a number of exemptions, such the lack of excise duties (...)

Finance spokesman Pearse Doherty at Sinn Féin’s general election candidate launch in the Mansion House, Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Sinn Féin has defended its approach to pensions as it emerged that four of its TDs will retire from the Dáil with pension pots varying from €495,000 t(...)

Former chair of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council Seamus Coffey. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A new chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council will have to be appointed by the next government following the recent decision by UCC economist Se(...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Sajid Javid (right) and Germany’s minister of Finance Olaf Scholz shake hands as German state secretary for finance Joerg Kukies looks on. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet EPA-EFE

Corporate tax revenues will probably take a €2 billion hit with changes in international taxation that are coming down the road from the Organisation (...)

The Department of Finance estimates that €11 billion will be available over the next five years to allow spending to rise, taxes to be cut and some money to be put aside in case trouble hits.

The latest budget forecasts from the Department of Finance gives the political parties a bit of a free pass in outlining their spending and tax polici(...)

Economic growth and tax revenues have exceeded forecasts during the term of the outgoing government, but some very significant risks remain. Photograph: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Over the next week the political parties will reveal their full manifestos for the forthcoming general election, including their projections and plans(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe with children from the local Chinese community at the launch of Chinese New Year celebrations at the Hill Street Family Resource Centre in central Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The last time Ireland had an election on the back of a long economic expansion was 2007. That was the year Pádraig Harrington won his first Open Champ(...)

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