The €4bn a year USC currently raises is around one-fifth of the total income tax take

Department says USC document no longer relevant

25 Aug The Department of Finance has said a briefing document prepared earlier this year outlining the likely impact of abolishing the Universal Social Charge is no longer relevant.

PIBA said in many areas it is cheaper to buy than rent

PIBA warns 'lost generation' unable to buy homes

24 Aug Ireland's largest group of financial brokers has warned that lending restrictions introduced by the Central Bank, coupled with the shortage of suitable properties to buy, are creating "a lost generation robbed of the opportunity to buy their own homes".

Incomes for those retiring before reaching pension age will become an increasing issue without longer working hours

Option of working beyond 65 gets go-ahead

12 Aug Recommendations by an inter-departmental group that workers should be given the option to work beyond retirement age are to be implemented by the Government.

Paschal Donohoe refused to be drawn on whether a €5 increase in the State pension would be possible

Budget 2017 approach will 'protect economy'

10 Aug Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has said the overall approach of Budget 2017 will be to see how the Government can protect the economy in the context of change abroad.

The scheme aims to revitalise rural towns and villages across Ireland

Minister dismisses criticism of rural scheme

09 Aug A €10m scheme to support the regeneration of rural towns and villages is not intended as a "silver bullet" to solve all the problems of rural Ireland, but will be used to provide facilities ahead of a rural regeneration action plan, according to Minister Heather Humphreys.

In June the UK voted in favour of leaving the European Union by 52% to 48% in a referendum

Norway cool on idea of Britain returning to EFTA

09 Aug A Norwegian minister has expressed hesitations about the UK possibly returning to the European Free Trade Association, putting a dampener on London's chances of following in non-EU member Norway's footsteps after a Brexit.