Budget 2015

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The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, chaired by NUI Galway economist Prof John McHale, is an independent statutory body set up in the wake of the crash to monitor economic policy.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has urged the Government to proceed with another tough budget next month, saying considerable work is still requi(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. In a 20-page report in which it calls on the Coalition to maintain a “prudent” fiscal stance in the budget next month, the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council questions whether the correct course now is to scale back on what was to be the final big push in the settled plan to assert control over State finances. Photograph: Eric Luke

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council warns in its pre-budget statement it will become politically difficult as memories of the economic crisis fade to(...)

Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy said the organisation  saw international moves to overhaul global tax rules as an opportunity for Ireland and that it “wouldn’t lament the closing of the double Irish”.

The Government should take pre-emptive steps to close off tax loopholes like the “double Irish” rather than waiting for the conclusion of the OECD rev(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: ‘We must invest in the future and continue to be competitive and attractive as a location for investment with a real opportunity to create further jobs.’

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is committed to cutting the top tax rate of 52 per cent in this year’s budget and subsequent budgets. Mr Kenny said t(...)

Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform with Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance: suggestions are they will be flush with cash as they finalise next month’s budget. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / THE IRISH TIMES

On Merrion Street yesterday, an eminent Government figure mimicked a spacecraft hurtling towards the sky as news emerged that annual economic growth s(...)

The Bill to abolish severance pay is being sponsored by Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin.

There is “leeway” of €600 million in spending to spread across Government departments in next month’s budget, Minister for Public Expenditure and Refo(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi (left) and Finnish outgoing prime minister Jyrki Katainen at  a press conference at the euro-group finance ministers’ meeting in Milan yesterday.  Photograph: EPA/Matteo Bazzi

Irish taxpayers are likely to benefit in next month’s budget from predicted savings under the deal to repay International Monetary Fund (IMF) borrowi(...)

Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Budget will seek to bring “targeted relief” to taxpayers that will support long-term growth in the economy, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and (...)

Minister of State at the Department of Finance Simon Harris who cautioned today that the Government would not be able to do everything it wanted to in this budget. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister of State at the Department of Finance Simon Harris has said the budget will be judged on whether or not it created jobs. Mr Harris also said (...)

Prof John FitzGerald: “Currently, we have a model where we bring in multinationals because of our low corporation tax and we’re coming under a lot of pressure for our rate to be increased.” Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland must end its dependence on low corporation tax to support its economy, according to a leading economist at the Economic and Social Research(...)

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