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Ireland was a net contributor to the EU budget in 2018

Ireland was a net contributor to the EU budget in 2018 Ireland was a net contributor to the European Union budget to the tune of €315m in 2018, according to the latest report by the EU’s financial watchdog. The sum represents an increase from €173m in 2017 and €181m in 2016. However, officials expect Ireland’s… Read more »

Donohoe says absolutely no surprises in Budget 2020

Donohoe says absolutely no surprises in Budget 2020 The Minister for Finance has said there will be “absolutely no surprises” in the Budget to be outlined this afternoon. Speaking as he arrived at the Department of Finance this morning, Paschal Donohoe said all of the main features of Budget 2020 are well known. He said… Read more »

Consumer sentiment falls to 6 year low on Brexit fears

Consumer sentiment falls to 6 year low on Brexit fears Consumer sentiment here fell to a six-year low last month, the third month in a row in which it has fallen. According to the KBC Bank Ireland Consumer Sentiment Index, Brexit uncertainty continues to drive people’s confidence in the economy and their personal finances lower…. Read more »

Economy on course for over €600m surplus

Economy on course for over €600m surplus The Government’s pre-Budget White Paper shows the economy is on course to deliver a surplus this year of €609 million. The White Paper also shows another significant overrun on corporate tax receipts, which are €800m higher than forecast at the start of the year. The White Paper is… Read more »

Blanket social welfare increase in Budget ruled out

Blanket social welfare increase in Budget ruled out Discussions are continuing between Government departments throughout the weekend ahead of Tuesday’s Budget. There is a particular focus on the Department of Social Protection, where an across the board increase in social welfare payments has been ruled out. Instead any rise in payments is set to be… Read more »

Sterling jumps to 8 day high

Sterling jumps to 8 day high Sterling jumped to an eight-day high after the head of a group of euro sceptic lawmakers in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party said the government’s latest Brexit proposals offered the possibility of a “tolerable deal”. A weaker dollar on a weaker-than-expected US non-manufacturing purchasing managers’ index inflated the… Read more »

Sterling unfazed by weak economic data, as Britain waits for EU Brexit response

Sterling unfazed by weak economic data, as Britain waits for EU Brexit response Sterling was little moved today despite a surprise contraction in the services sector as investors waited to receive a formal European Union response to Britain’s latest Brexit offer. The pound has found little direction in recent days, and is back where it… Read more »

Services sector sees slowest growth since May 2013 – PMI

Services sector sees slowest growth since May 2013 – PMI The services sector grew at its slowest rate since May 2013 last month, a survey showed today, amid a softening of both foreign and domestic demand conditions. The AIB IHS Markit Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for services slipped to 53.1 in September from 54.6 in… Read more »

Euro zone inflation slows in September on cheaper energy

Euro zone inflation slows in September on cheaper energy Euro zone inflation slowed further year-on-year in September because of cheaper energy, new figures showed today. But the core measure excluding such volatile components rose, the first estimate from the European Union’s statistics office Eurostat showed. The numbers underline the difference of opinion over the state… Read more »