Regulator discussed tracker scandal with Garda

Article by Conor Pope in todays Irish Times – Governor says banks tend to seek profitability to detriment of customers The prospect of Irish banks facing criminal proceedings after wrongly forcing more than 20,000 homeowners off tracker mortgages was raised by the Central Bank yesterday. However, after it was raised by the bank at the […]

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Government needs ‘roadmap’ to rectify pension imbalance

FF says women losing out on payments due to ‘bonkers and unbelievable’ anomaly The Government needs to set out a “roadmap” to deal with an anomaly in the pension scheme that sees thousands of women losing out on payments, Fianna Fáil has said. The call from the main Opposition party, whose abstention is needed to pass the […]

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Budget 2018: Reading between the lines of Donohoe’s speech

Minister’s plans on ‘more appropriate accommodation’, sugar and Brexit decoded Corrosive crisis “I am very aware of the corrosive impact on Irish society of homelessness. I am also aware that many people living in the private rented sector wish to find more appropriate accommodation or move to their own home, but at the moment cannot […]

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Winners and losers from Budget 2018 and finding the surprises

Business Today: the best news, analysis and comment from ‘The Irish Times’ business desk Budget 2018 spread the jam thinly. The winners are middle-income earners, writes Eoin Burke-Kennedy. The losers are sun-bed loving smokers with a taste for sugary drinks, writes Conor Pope. The big news for business was the new rate of stamp duty of 6 per cent now applicable […]

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Donohoe hails ‘landmark’ announcement by Nama

Ireland’s bad bank unveils plan to redeem final tranche of senior debt later this month Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has hailed the announcement by Nama that it is to redeem its final €500 million of senior debt three years ahead of schedule as a “landmark day” in Ireland’s financial history. The agency announced plans to redeem […]

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BUDGET 2018 – From GSRMA Tax Consultant Mary Farrell

BUDGET 2018 Most of the changes were well flagged. I will deal with the ones affecting income first. Income Tax The point at which the higher rate of tax comes into effect will rise next year by €750 per annum for a single person and a married couple with one income earner. 2017 2018 Rate Band- Single […]

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Budget 2018: The key points

Budget 2018: The key points Updated / Tuesday, 10 Oct 2017 16:22 A summary of the budget details announced by Minister Paschal Donohoe Housing A total of €1.83 billion has been allocated to housing in Budget 2018, with 3,800 new social houses to be built by local authorities and approved housing bodies. The Housing Assistance Payment Scheme will increase by €149m, enabling an additional […]

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No political pressure over Stepaside, says report author

No political pressure over Stepaside, says report author, as reported on today by  Sarah Bardon  The author of a Garda report into the reopening of six stations has said it was “obvious” Stepaside would be chosen, based on the criteria designed by the Government. Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll told the Oireachtas Committee on Justice he […]

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