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What is a global minimum tax and how could it affect companies, countries?

9th April 2021

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has thrown the weight of the US government behind a push for a global corporate minimum tax rate, possibly carving a path to a long-sought deal updating international tax rules for the first time in a generation.  Yellen said this week that she is working with G20 countries to agree […]

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Those on minimum wage hit hard with pandemic job losses

8th April 2021

Minimum wage employees in Ireland are likely to be suffering disproportionately from job losses as almost half work in sectors worst hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new research by the Economic and Social Research Institute. The study, entitled ‘A comparative assessment of minimum wage employment in Europe’, also found that being younger, having […]

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Over €26m spent a day in contactless payments in February

8th April 2021

New figures from Banking and Payments Federation Ireland reveal that 1.6 million contactless payments were made every day in February. February saw a total of 46.2 million contactless payment made over the course of the month worth over €733m.  This marked an increase of 6.5% in volume terms on the same time last year and […]

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Over €26m spent a day in contactless payments in February

8th April 2021

New figures from Banking and Payments Federation Ireland reveal that 1.6 million contactless payments were made every day in February. February saw a total of 46.2 million contactless payment made over the course of the month worth over €733m.  This marked an increase of 6.5% in volume terms on the same time last year and […]

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Irish mortgage rates still second highest in euro zone – Central Bank

8th April 2021

Rates on Irish mortgages remain the second highest in the euro area, according to the latest figures from the Central Bank.  In February, the average rate on new mortgage agreements was 2.79%. This compares to the euro area average of 1.27%.  This rate was unchanged compared to the previous month but was 0.12% lower than […]

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Irish mortgage rates still second highest in euro zone – Central Bank

8th April 2021

Rates on Irish mortgages remain the second highest in the euro area, according to the latest figures from the Central Bank.  In February, the average rate on new mortgage agreements was 2.79%. This compares to the euro area average of 1.27%.  This rate was unchanged compared to the previous month but was 0.12% lower than […]

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Pandemic spending drives increase in deficit to €4.17bn in March

7th April 2021

The public finances recorded a deficit of €4.172 billion in March, according to figures published this afternoon by the Department of Finance. This compares to a deficit of €2.535 billion recorded in March 2020. The increase in the deficit is driven by higher current spending in response to the pandemic. The Department of Finance said […]

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Pandemic spending drives increase in deficit to €4.17bn in March

7th April 2021

The public finances recorded a deficit of €4.172 billion in March, according to figures published this afternoon by the Department of Finance. This compares to a deficit of €2.535 billion recorded in March 2020. The increase in the deficit is driven by higher current spending in response to the pandemic. The Department of Finance said […]

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20% of SME loans that were on payment breaks are in arrears or need more help

7th April 2021

Around a fifth of loans to small and medium enterprises, to which pandemic payment breaks were applied, need further support or are entering arrears. This is according to the Central Bank in its latest SME Market Report. Just under half of loans to which payment breaks were applied have returned to full payment on extended terms […]

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20% of SME loans that were on payment breaks are in arrears or need more help

7th April 2021

Around a fifth of loans to small and medium enterprises, to which pandemic payment breaks were applied, need further support or are entering arrears. This is according to the Central Bank in its latest SME Market Report. Just under half of loans to which payment breaks were applied have returned to full payment on extended terms […]

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