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We’re closer now than we have ever been to a major breakdown in how the internet works

So is this the big one? After years of courts cases and appeals and treaties and Austrian campaigners, are we finally on the brink of digital war between the EU and the US? Everyone agrees that the Irish data protection commissioner’s preliminary order to Facebook to stop transferring EU citizen data to the US brings […]

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Global economic recovery may take five years – World Bank chief economist

The global economic recovery from the crisis originated by the coronavirus pandemic may take as much as five years, the World Bank’s chief economist Carmen Reinhart said on Thursday. “There will probably be a quick rebound as all the restriction measures linked to lockdowns are lifted, but a full recovery will take as much as […]

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Revenue extends Pay & File deadline to 10 December

Revenue has further extended the deadline for self-assessed income tax returns made online. The Pay and File deadline for submissions made via Revenue Online Service is now 10 December, as opposed to the previous date of 12 November. Revenue said Capital Acquisitions Tax returns relating to gifts or inheritances received in the year to the […]

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Government says income tax won’t change in Budget

The Minister for Finance has confirmed that the Government does not plan to make any changes to income tax, USC or PRSI in October’s Budget.  Paschal Donohoe said it is the view of the Government that it needs to hold the personal tax code steady and use it to respond back to the challenges facing […]

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Bank of Japan sees economic gloom lifting slightly

The Bank of Japan kept monetary policy steady today and slightly upgraded its view on the economy, suggesting that no immediate expansion of stimulus was needed to combat the coronavirus pandemic.  Markets are focusing on what Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda will say at his post-meeting briefing on how the central bank could work […]

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Covid-19 and Brexit hitting different parts of the economy – ESRI

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has found there is limited overlap between the parts of the economy most exposed to Brexit and the parts most exposed to the impact of Covid-19.   In a working paper, the ESRI said that if a no-trade deal Brexit were to occur, more companies overall would be […]

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Payment breaks source of temporary relief at time of extraordinary financial stress – Central Bank

The Central Bank has published an analysis of payment breaks taken by mortgage holders and firms which shows the overwhelming majority of borrowers had no problem servicing their loans prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.   The analysis of payment breaks on mortgages is based on data at the end of May from the five main […]

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UK inflation falls but by less than expected in August

The UK’s restaurant subsidy scheme to support the hospitality sector through the Covid-19 pandemic helped to push the country’s inflation rate down to its lowest rate in almost five years, official data showed today.  UK consumer prices rose by 0.2% in annual terms in August. This was the smallest increase since December 2015 and a sharp […]

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Ibec calls for €6bn support for businesses in Budget

Employers’ group Ibec has called on the Government to provide an additional €6 billion in supports for businesses in the upcoming Budget. In a pre-Budget submission, Ibec said the economy “is not yet ready to carry itself” and that the Irish business model faces its most significant challenge in over half a century. Ibec said the Government could and should […]

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Inflation may be higher than official measure – Makhlouf

The Governor of the Central Bank has said price inflation experienced by households may be higher than what is officially measured. Gabriel Makhlouf also said that Covid-19 has highlighted the impact of globalised supply chains, digitalisation and the “interplay between fiscal and monetary policy”. The Central Bank Governor made his comments during an online speech […]

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