At least EU Commission’s bite of the Apple has lifted the veil of Irish tax secrecy

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By Cormac Lucey The Irish constitution, Bunreacht na hEireann, contains some important yet mostly overlooked provisions on financial matters. There are only two members of the cabinet who must, according to the constitution, be members of Dail Eireann: the taoiseach and the finance minister. And only the Dail can initiate legislation that provides for the raising of taxes or the … Read More

Ditch the shiny packaging — we just want a national wish list that is functional

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By Cormac Lucey There is an excited ritual for any family whose children are writing to Santa Claus with their requests for Christmas presents. Imagine how much more excitement there would be if your children were sending requests to the North Pole that covered presents for the next 10 years? It’s a similar ritual for politicians who get to prepare … Read More

Another broken promise- Leo and those vanishing tax cuts

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By Eamon Delaney, The Times.ie Its the photo that haunts Ruairi Quinn and the Irish Labour party. Quinn is at the front of gate of Trinity College signing a pledge, promising never to reintroduce fees for Third Level education, only months before such a return was mooted. Like the famous mock Tesco’s ad, which warned of hikes that Labour subsequently … Read More

Reducing construction taxes would get homes built and people housed

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By Paul Molloy This is an article about giving tax incentives to property developers to build the houses they are not currently building. The whole country is affected by this housing crisis, from couples who can’t get on the property ladder, to tenants with little security and rising rents and most importantly for the “new homeless”. The Government believe they … Read More

Overtime budget shows how Gardai and their ‘trade unions’ are running rings around us

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By Eamon Delaney With the Gardai, events and revelations come quick. Two weeks ago, while we were all focused on the Ministerial casualties of the whistleblower row, an extraordinary thing happened : it was announced that the garda overtime budget had been reached and overtime was being cancelled for Christmas ! Garda management didn’t provide someone to explain this amazing … Read More

Housing crisis discussion, hosted by Hibernia Forum

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Next Wednesday, 29th November, the Hibernia Forum will hold another evening discussion, this time on the current housing situation, with Q & A and then drinks afterwards. Housing expert Karl Deeter (pictured, left) and developer Paddy Kelly (right) will talk to us and offer the perspective of the building industry and of landlords. The event will be held in Buswell’s Hotel on Kildare … Read More

Time to fight monopolies properly and stop public sector bringing up the Reer

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By Cormac Lucey According to Eurostat, Ireland is now the second most expensive country in Europe for consumer goods and services. Across a broad cross-section of products, prices here are 125% of the EU average, with only Denmark more expensive. When it comes to alcohol and tobacco products, we are way out in front, with prices 175% of the EU … Read More