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Revenue Commissioners warned that latest price hike for cigarettes could actually lead to a lower tax take for the government

THE government was warned by the Revenue Commissioners that increasing the duty on cigarettes in the latest budget might not yield any extra revenue. The warning came in a pre-budget submission to Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe which suggested the price of a packet of cigarettes was getting so high that smokers would look outside of […]

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Taoiseach’s Strategic Communications Unit warned of dangers of the “parliamentary bubble” in briefing by UK experts

TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar’s €5 million spin unit was warned of the dangers of getting caught in a “parliamentary bubble” in a special briefing from the UK government’s premiere public relations guru. Two senior members of the Strategic Communications Unit (SCU) visited London in September for a high-level briefing with senior personnel in Britain’s Government Communication […]

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Former politicians had €1,741 in bar and restaurant bills written off with one owing over €300 in a drinks bill

TAOISEACH Leo Varadkar was quick to say that politicians who refused to pay their Dáil bar and restaurant bills should have it deducted from their salary. However, it has now emerged that the biggest ‘debtor’ to benefit from the controversial €5,500 write-off of bar and restaurant debts may have been his own department. A breakdown […]

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EU Commission refuses access to correspondence with Irish government over Apple state aid case

Last month, I looked for copies of correspondence between the EU Commission and the Irish government over the Apple state aid case and delays in collecting the €13 billion in tax. It was, perhaps not surprisingly, refused. Am open to seeking a review of it if anyone had any thoughts. Please share and like:

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Almost €20 million paid out in pensions, lump sums, and termination pay to former politicians last year

THE taxpayer paid out close to €20 million last year in pensions, lump sums, and other retirement benefits for former politicians. The huge €19.67 million bill was inflated by large golden handshakes for TDs and Senators who had retired or lost their seats in the last general election. Thirteen different politicians received more than €200,000 […]

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Extraordinary success of Wild Atlantic Way sees “bottle necks” develop around Cliffs of Moher and the Dingle Peninsula

THE Wild Atlantic Way has proven so successful that major “bottlenecks” are starting to develop on the route in peak season. Fáilte Ireland has said long delays and capacity issues are starting to “negatively affect the visitor experience” for tourists coming to Ireland, according to an internal brief. The documents, prepared for senior management, explain […]

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Five-star hotels, business class flights, and the €4,000 airfare so a minister wouldn’t miss a family event

ENTERPRISE Ireland spent over €4,000 flying a government minister from the USA to a family event in Spain because they didn’t want him to miss a trade mission. The state body brought junior minister Pat Breen to Minneapolis and Saint Paul late last year for their inaugural “Life Sciences” trade mission there . However, they […]

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Under public pressure, government shut expenses loophole that let ministers claim extra €2,000 in mileage in an election year

AN EXPENSES loophole that allowed cabinet ministers to claim an extra €2,000 a year in tax-free mileage has been closed by the government. The ‘fresh start’ allowed some ministers, who were appointed to a new job during an election year, to claim a higher rate of mileage twice in a single year. It meant they […]

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Why Irish Water had to put aside €473,000 so former boss John Tierney could get full pension aged 57

IRISH Water had to put aside more than €470,000 as part of a special deal to ensure former boss John Tierney could be paid his full pension aged 57 and after working for just three years at the company. Documents have revealed how if Mr Tierney stayed in his previous job at Dublin City Council, […]

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Over 4,400 accidents and incidents reported on Dublin’s M50 in the space of less than two years

MORE than 4,400 accidents and incidents were reported on the country’s busiest motorway in a period of less than two years. Crashes and breakdowns on Dublin’s M50 motorway regularly bring traffic to a standstill with lengthy queues a daily fact of life for city commuters. The scale of problems on the ring road are revealed […]

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