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© Reuters. The dollar made a bullish start to the week. Investing.com – The dollar advanced against its rivals Monday following...
Varadkar's bid to expand lower tax band to €50k holds Taoiseach still committed to €3k tax relief for workers in 5 years Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Frank McGrath Leo Varadkar says he can still follow through on his commitment to dramatically increase the entry point for the top rate of tax without breaching the terms of the confidence and supply agreement. The Taoiseach...
Varadkar: 'Carbon tax take could fund child benefit hike'    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gerry Mooney Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has suggested that carbon tax receipts could be used to deliver a hike in child benefit. Other welfare payments and tax credits may also be increased as Mr Varadkar said he views the tax as a means to change behaviour, rather than to "take...
'The job had made me not as nice a person': Former Australian MP at centre of 'G-day Mate' scandal Andrew Broad The former Australian MP at the centre of the 'G-day Mate' scandal has said he is "happy to be stepping away" from the job. Australian minister Andrew Broad - who has since resigned from his position and has announced he won't...

Sport Golf

Portrush enjoying Open effect Championship will mark a fitting end to Wilma Erskine's 35-year term Apart from contributing more than €100m to the local economy, The Open will secure the club’s future for the next generation. Photo: Getty Images Though the big event is still seven months away, Royal Portrush is already experiencing The Open effect. The year just ending has delivered...
Rights group urges Sudan to halt use of lethal force on protesters Independent groups have said as many as 40 protesters were killed over five days of demonstrations against the president. Protesters attack a national security vehicle during a protest in Kordofan (AP) Human Rights Watch is urging Sudan’s government to instruct security forces not to use lethal force against protesters. The New...
Beyonce helps Louvre break visitor record A video of Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z, featuring the Mona Lisa and other artworks, has been viewed more than 146 million times on YouTube. Tourists use a selfie stick in front of the Louvre Pyramide in Paris (Remy de la Mauviniere/AP) The Louvre in Paris received a record 10.2 million visitors in 2018, boosted by...
N Korean ambassador 'wants asylum in West'   North Korea's acting ambassador to Italy Jo Song Gil went into hiding with his wife in November, South Korea's spy agency has claimed. Photo: PA A North Korean diplomat who was until recently acting ambassador to Italy has gone missing, a South Korean member of parliament said yesterday, after a South Korean newspaper reported...
Outrage in UK at Irish plans to 'demand' EU aid Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking to the media outside the Government Buildings in Dublin about todays Cabinet meeting to discuss Brexit preparation. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire Government plans to seek hundreds of millions of euro in EU aid in the event of a no-deal Brexit have sparked outrage in Britain. Brexit-supporting media outlets...

Business Irish

Costa firm enjoys profit of €11.4m Photo: Getty Pre-tax profits at the expanding firm behind Costa Coffee and a string of KFC franchises here increased by 37pc to €11.44m last year. New accounts filed by MBCC Foods (Ireland) Ltd show that revenues increased by 10pc from €85.66m to €94.2m in the 12 months to the end of January last. A breakdown of the...

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