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Ireland’s Lord of the parking fines runs up an unpaid bill of more than €40,000

A SINGLE driver has run up unpaid parking fines of more than €40,000 in the leafy suburbs of Dublin. Details released by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council reveal how nine separate drivers have amassed bills of at least €7,000 each, sometimes for hundreds of individual offences. An anonymised list of the worst offenders show that the […]

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Ireland’s most senior diplomat in New York told to find new residence because of sky high €29,995-a-month rent

IRELAND’S most senior diplomat in New York was told to find a new residence in the city because the $29,995-a-month rent the taxpayer was paying was far too high. The Consul General had been living in a duplex apartment in the Big Apple with 4,000 square feet of space and a wraparound balcony with 360 […]

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Revenue report shows €140 million in property handed over tax free by wealthy parents to children using loophole

MORE than €140 million worth of property was handed over entirely tax free by parents to their children in just five years using a tax loophole, a Revenue investigation found. And the scale of abuse of what is known as the dwelling house exemption may actually have been much worse, according to internal documents. An […]

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Department of Finance anger over “wholly inaccurate” Oxfam report painting Ireland as a tax haven

THE Department of Finance were angered over a report by Oxfam which highlighted Ireland as a tax haven saying it painted an “wholly inaccurate picture”. The report Tax Battles had claimed that Ireland was the sixth worst country in the world for facilitating tax avoidance, behind only Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and […]

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Government Chief Whip Regina Doherty paid her mother €2,150 from secretarial allowance available to ministers

FINE Gael Minister Regina Doherty paid her own mother more than €2,000 for “secretarial assistance” out of a little-known allowance available to politicians. The payment was made to her mum Maria Dalton last October through a single invoice that was issued for a total of €2,150. The bill was part of more than €570,000 paid […]

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Government had to create new €15,000 allowance after discovering they could only pay two junior ministers to attend Cabinet

THE government created a special allowance for Fine Gael’s Regina Doherty because rules prohibited them from paying more than two Junior Ministers who sat at the Cabinet table. After the election, three ‘super’ Juniors were appointed – all of whom should have been entitled to an extra €15,829-a-year for attending Cabinet meetings. However, the government […]

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Millions of euro in tax avoided by high wealth individuals through two gaping loopholes on personal retirement plans

MILLIONS of euro in tax was being avoided by high wealth individuals as part of a tax loophole on personal retirement plans. The Personal Retirement Savings Accounts (PRSAs) scheme and a separate scheme known as Retirement Annuity Contracts (RACs) both had to be shut in the last budget amid warnings from the Revenue Commissioners. Internal […]

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Furniture like something from a 1970s Dublin student flat, a mysterious locked room, pervasive damp … why Ireland abandoned its €7,200-a-month Vienna residence

FURNITURE like something from a 1970s Dublin student flat, a mysterious locked room that had not been opened in at least 14 years, stained carpets and a pervasive smell of damp … just some of the many colourful reasons given for why an Irish diplomat desperately needed to move house. The move from a property […]

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Minister Leo Varadkar runs up €907 toll bill in seven months but the toll roads he travelled on are redacted for “security reasons”

A few months back, I requested copies of the statements for all road tolls incurred by Minister Leo Varadkar since his appointment in May. The Department released the overall cost, saying it had come to just over €900 from May of last year to the end of November. They said that Mr Varadkar had also […]

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RTÉ’s Ray D’Arcy generates more complaints than anybody else according to analysis of Broadcasting Authority figures

RTÉ star Ray D’Arcy has conceded he needs to be more careful in what he says on air since moving to the state broadcaster … and it’s small wonder with the radio and TV host attracting far more complaints about his programmes since leaving Today FM. A detailed analysis of more than six years of […]

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