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Now both income tax and USC to be cut in Budget deal

USC boost for workers Double Budget cut as levy comes down and tax band goes up A CUT to the much-hated USC and a tweaking of income tax bands will be included in next week’s Budget, the Irish Independent can reveal. As part of a compromise deal being hammered out between Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe […]

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State having ‘general whinge’ about Ian Bailey case

Ian Bailey should have lost all grounds of his appeal over the dismissal of his damages case over the conduct of the Garda investigation into the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, the State has argued. Martin Giblin SC, for Mr Bailey, said it was not clear if this was “a general whinge” by the […]

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High Court judge resigns unexpectedly after only two years

Margaret Heneghan’s early departure causes headache for busy court Senior judge Margaret Heneghan has resigned unexpectedly from the bench after only two years in the High Court. It is unusual for judges to step down before the mandatory retirement age of 70 which is when they receive their full pension. She is married to successful businessman Austin […]

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Senior Gardaí invited to discuss future of force with commissioners

300 senior officers expected at two-day Garda ‘think-tank’ More than 300 senior Gardaí from across the country are expected to attend a two-day Garda “think-tank” on Thursday and Friday which will examine the future of the Garda in light of recent controversies. The conference which is entitled “An invitation to a conversation” will discuss the […]

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AIB to pay no corporation tax for 20 years: CEO

This article first appeared in the Irish Examiner. AIB will not pay a cent in corporation tax for more than 20 years, despite making €814m profit in the first half of this year, writes Daniel McConnell. The situation was branded “an absolute disgrace” by Pearse Doherty of Sinn Féin, who was questioning AIB bosses at the Oireachtas […]

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More to job creation than just tax breaks

Opinion from todays Irish Independent: THERE are few if any upsides to Brexit for Ireland. But one small potential silver lining to that dark cloud is that we could become an attractive location for high-calibre jobs leaving Britain and seeking another EU location. The IDA, which did very good work attracting inward investment in the […]

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€3.6m IT system faces six-year axe

A €3.6m IT system to help manage applications to the Insolvency Service of Ireland is expected to be scrapped just six years after it was introduced. A report by the Comptroller and Auditor General detailed how there were “significant functional gaps” in the system and was critical of the manner in which it was introduced. […]

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Informant pay up 33pc in five years

The amount of money being used to pay confidential informants has increased by 33pc in the last five years. Last year almost €700,000 was spent by the Secret Service, which is used to pay monetary expenses to Garda informants. The section is maintained by both the crime and security branch of the Garda and the […]

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