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# Michael Noonan

All time
Budget 2017 tried to give a little bit to everyone (but not everyone is happy)
Here’s everything to know about Budget 2017.
# sponsored by kbc
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How much more (or less) will you be taking home?
# Your Say
Poll: Are you optimistic about the Budget?
After much speculation, tomorrow is D-Day.
# Analysis
Who is Ireland's 'squeezed middle' and why is Budget 2017 all about pleasing them?
Budget 2017 will be announced on Tuesday.
# Obesity
Majority of people believe Ireland should bring in a sugar tax
54% of people in Ireland want to see the tax introduced.
# Pac Man
"You're a wily old fox at talking down the clock" - Noonan answers questions over Nama Project Eagle sale
Noonan’s appearance before PAC is rare for a sitting minister, though not unheard of.
# Tax avoidance
'Accounting firms are telling vulture funds how to get around tax loophole closure'
Stephen Donnelly has submitted a detailed proposal on how he thinks Ireland can shut down vulture fund tax avoidance.
# Your Say
Poll: Should relatives get more inheritance tax relief?
Finance Minister Michael Noonan is said to be planning a break for children, but not other relatives.
# Hearing
Nama says it acted in the "interest of the Irish taxpayers" at all times during Project Eagle sale
Nama chairman Frank Daly is appearing before the PAC this afternoon.
PAC to invite Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness to appear over Project Eagle sale
Finance Minister Michael Noonan agreed last night to appear before the committee.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Has no government minister ever gone before the Public Accounts Committee?
Will Michael Noonan be the first sitting minister to go to the PAC? Or is Leo Varadkar wrong?
# Noonan and the PAC
Michael Noonan WILL appear before the Public Accounts Committee to answer questions over Nama
Noonan made the announcement this evening.
# project eagle
Board member says if Nama was more transparent it wouldn't make as much money
Meanwhile, Mary Lou McDonald wants Michael Noonan to appear before the Public Accounts Committee.
# Noonan and the PAC
There will be a Commission of Investigation into Nama over Project Eagle
Fianna Fáil want an inquiry to look into the Government’s strategy for Nama to “accelerate the sales process”.
# budget 17
No surprises on the way in this year's Budget - but there will be a reduction in USC
Michael Noonan said the detail of the USC reduction is yet to be decided.
# Hundreds of millions
'Nothing illegal, nothing improper, no irregularities': Noonan defends Nama over Project Eagle
There are growing calls for a public inquiry in the controversial 2014 sale, to US investment company Cerberus Capital Management.
# Universal Social Charge
Think tank warns Government against prioritising higher earners in the Budget
Single earners above €70,044 would gain €3,145 per annum, more than 4.5 times the gains for a worker on €25,000.
# Fixers' fees
The Government will publish its report into Nama's controversial multi-billion Project Eagle sale this week
Public Accounts Committee vice-chairman Alan Kelly said he has been approached privately by a Nama executive prior to Nama’s appearance before the PAC.
# put me out
Fine Gael TD criticises John Halligan's 'extraordinary' comments about colleagues
An ongoing row about cardiac care services in Waterford could have serious consequences for the Government.
# State Aid
Dáil approves government plan to appeal Apple tax ruling
The Taoiseach said it’s not true Apple was provided with more favourable treatment than others companies in terms of taxes.
# Policy
Other countries can take a slice of Apple's €13bn Irish tax bill and it's confusing the government
The European Commission found that the tech giant received illegal state aid from Ireland.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is Apple really the "largest taxpayer in Ireland"?
The company’s CEO Tim Cook made the claim this week, and Michael Noonan repeated it. We checked it out.
# Appletax
We Need To Talk About Apple: Two top Irish economists go head-to-head over the €13 billion
UCD Professor Moore McDowell says we have nothing to lose in appealing, while TCD Professor Brian Lucey says Ireland should let Apple fight its own battles.
# apple tax
Noonan claims Apple ruling an "attack" on Ireland's corporate tax regime
The Dáil will be recalled next to vote on the Government’s decision to appeal the Apple ruling.
# Apple Pay
EC: Ireland could spend Apple tax money on anything it wants
The European Commision says Ireland would indeed have options.
# Taxes
Poll: Should we take the Apple money?
The tech giant could be forced to pay up to €19 billion in back taxes when interest is taken into account as a result of the decision.
# apple tax
Other EU countries could claim a portion of Ireland's €13 billion in back taxes from Apple
Vestager said other EU countries can try to prove some of Apple’s profits funnelled through Ireland were based on sales in their territories.
# Economy
More than 2 million people are now working in Ireland, for the first time since 2009
There are 56,000 more people at work now than a year previously – a 2.9% rise, bringing total employment in the country to 2,014,900.
# Setanta
This is how drivers will be protected if a motor insurance company collapses
The liquidation of Setanta Insurance in 2014 left over 1,700 people out of pocket.
# leprechaun economics
We might have to give the EU an extra €280 million because of those inflated GDP figures
The massive 26% hike in GDP was decried by one financial journalist as a “work of Irish fiction”.
# rule the world
These two Michaels are off to hobnob with Henry Kissinger at Bilderberg
The secretive annual gathering of political and business leaders takes place in Dresden from tomorrow.
# save it for a...
Plans for a 'rainy day fund' have been given the thumbs-up - if it's done right
But the €2.5 billion proposed will be only a fraction of the money used in the last recession.
# highly rated
Your crash course in... Ireland's mortgage-rate problem
These are the key points you need to know about the latest attempts to force the banks into action.
# reaching out
Michael Noonan 'presumes' talks with Fianna Fáil will begin after Thursday
It’s the first time a senior Fine Gael minister has openly discussed negotiations with Fianna Fáil.
# The post mortem
Noonan predicts another election, as Fine Gael discusses its poll battering
Meanwhile, Simon Coveney apologised to his Fine Gael colleagues at Leinster House today.
# BBC Spotlight
Explainer: Why is everyone talking about Nama again?
The BBC Spotlight programme broadcast last night used secret recordings of businessman Frank Cushnahan.
# foster home abuse
Department of Health says Michael Noonan never sought to influence Grace decision asked other former health ministers when they were made aware of the case.
# shots fired
'Gerry Adams Maths School': Michael Noonan lashes Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin
The Finance Minister took aim at the opposition parties as Fine Gael struggles in the polls.
# Angry Noonan
'Prove it, prove it!': Noonan blames media and insists he didn't get his maths wrong
The Finance Minister has been defending his party’s economic plans today.
# let's get fiscal
Does Fine Gael's shiny new economic plan actually stack up?
Warning: There is a lot of fiscal space in this article.