Mr Kenny refused to be drawn if households might be “better off” with tax reliefs after Budget 2015, adding that no decisions have been made on the figures yet.
THE Government is a step closer to saving €375m a year, after Germany backed a plan to slash the cost of repaying debt to the International Monetary Fund.
Ireland is over reliant on royalty fees booked by multinational companies that pass through the country without always creating much in the way of local jobs or productive investment, leading management consultancy McKinsey has warned.
This country appears to be developing a dreadful image problem Down Under. Which is a pity, considering such a good lump of our workforce has decamped there. So what can Ireland do about it?
Almost 300 hospital beds will be closed and 2,400 fewer high-tech operations carried out next year if the Government insists on making further spending cuts of several hundred million euro, the Department of Health has warned.
Britain said on Friday that it was about to sign commercial deals with China worth more than £2.4 billion, as finance minister George Osborne prepared to meet China’s vice premier Ma Kai in London.
The founders of a family-run whiskey distilling company, based in Co Carlow, yesterday turned the sod on what will be the country’s largest independent whiskey distillery, once completed.
Euro Topics: Anti-terror strategy comes far too late: Obama's new anti-terror strategy comes far too late, the conservative French daily Le Figaro complains: "'Our goal is clear', the US president announced. But what comes next is less so. It is based on an unlikely coalition of countries with conflicting interests, all of which have at some point supported one or another of the players in the big Middle Eastern game. ... The plan foresees attacks in Syria that could have been carried out a year ago; support for a dying breed - the moderate Syrian rebels - which could also have been given months ago; and strengthening the Iraqi army, a measure that should have been carried out ten years ago. All this wasted time! ... The number of hot spots where intervention is needed is increasing. And Obama hasn't even dared to predict a short war."
Swedish government better than its reputation: Shortly before Sweden's parliamentary elections on Sunday, the parties of the conservative governing coalition, which long trailed behind in the polls, have come within five percentage points of the left-wing opposition. The liberal daily Göteborgs-Posten is not surprised: "It seems voters are increasingly remembering all the government has achieved in its eight years in office. ... Despite two international crises, Sweden's economy is today among the strongest in the EU. ... The buying power of private households has risen, which has been an important factor in stimulating the economy. Tax reductions have benefited above all low and middle earners; nurses, for example, receive higher net pay as a result of the tax cuts. ... The right to a free choice of care homes for the elderly and other services has been vastly extended under the coalition. Don't we want to retain this right to self-determination?"
Danish campaign for healthy eating absurd: As part of a campaign for healthier eating habits in Denmark, food minister Dan Jørgensen has called on the people to select a "Danish national dish". The liberal-conservative daily Jyllands-Posten praises the idea but finds fault with its implementation: "A large proportion of Denmark's population is overweight. As a result of this and a lack of exercise, the number of cases of type 2 diabetes has risen significantly. In this respect the focus on a healthy lifestyle and the quality of food products is welcome. Somewhat depressing, however, is the fact that all of this has to be packaged in an infantile hype campaign meant to encourage discussions about whether fried pork or meatballs with potatoes and brown gravy should be the national dish. ... That will hardly encourage a more healthy lifestyle. To that end banal considerations such as the size and number of helpings are the decisive factor."
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