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Ireland to make strong case for tax competition, says Donohoe

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has said that Ireland will be vigourously making the case for tax competition and for maintaining a corporate tax rate of 12.5%. In negotiations on the issue, Minister Donohoe said he is confident that Ireland will continue to be a really attractive place to do business. Yesterday, Mr Donohoe said that […]

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NAMA increases projected lifetime surplus to €4.25 billion from €4 billion

The National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) now expects to provide an overall surplus to the Exchequer over its lifetime of €4.25 billion, up from the previous estimate of €4 billion. The body will provide a further payment to the exchequer of €300m this month and it hopes to make an additional contribution of €500m during […]

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ECB lifts euro zone growth and inflation projections

The European Central Bank has raised its growth and inflation projections for this year and next as the euro zone economy started to roar back to life after over a year of restrictions to curb the coronavirus pandemic. ECB President Christine Lagarde also said the ECB saw risks to growth as “broadly balanced”, a shift […]

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Central Bank’s Rowland says onus on firms to set the right standards

The Central Bank’s Director General, Financial Conduct, has said that increasing evidence in the financial services sector shows that ineffective culture is bad for business – both for a firm itself and the consumers or investors it serves. Derville Rowland was speaking at an Institute of Directors webinar today. Ms Rowland said that firms are […]

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Supply shortage, rising costs could impact housing affordability – BPFI

A combination of lack of housing supply and rising construction costs could exacerbate property affordability issues in the years ahead, according to the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland. In its latest Housing Market Monitor, the BPFI says while supply is coming back on stream in the aftermath of the pandemic, it will now likely be […]

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Too early to reconsider 2m rule in workplaces – McGrath

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath has said the Government would like to see people return to the workplace as soon as possible, but for now it is about holding on to the gains already made. Speaking on his way into Cabinet this morning, he said it is too early to say if […]

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Pandemic Unemployment Payment claims at six-month low

The number of people claiming temporary Covid-related jobless benefits fell by 8% to 285,000 this week, its lowest level since December last year, new figures from the Department of Social Protection show today. Non-essential retail, hotels and outdoor bars and restaurants have reopened in recent weeks following their closure in late December during a spike […]

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Euro zone economic dip milder than expected in first quarter

The euro zone economy contracted by much less than expected in the first quarter of the year, revised data from the EU’s statistics office showed, with a buildup of inventories and investment offset by reduced consumer spending. Eurostat said gross domestic product in the 19 countries sharing the euro contracted 0.3% quarter-on-quarter for a 1.3% […]

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Is Ireland about to lose over €2 billion a year in tax revenue?

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe at the G7 meeting in London Over the weekend, finance members from the G7 nations backed a move which will could see the introduction of a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15%. The US-backed plan targets tech giants and other multinationals accused of not paying enough tax. However, Minister […]

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‘Great to be back’ as outdoor hospitality returns

Publicans have said it is “great to be back” as bars, cafés and restaurants reopened for outdoor service. Bars, restaurants and cafés resumed outdoor service as part of the latest lifting of Covid-19 restrictions. Gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres also reopened for the first time this year as part of the easing of other […]

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