Category: Corporate governance


The real reasons Ireland is against a 15% minimum corporate tax rate

Jim Stewart 23/07/2021

This article first appeared on Euronews on 16 July 2021 A total of 131 countries representing more than 90% of global GDP are celebrating a landmark deal to overhaul the global tax system and increase their revenues to finance the costly post-coronavirus recovery. From Argentina to Japan, from Canada to Turkey, developed and developing …



What was Driving Minister Donohoe's strange behaviour against Tax Reform and Multilateralism?

Paul Sweeney 15/07/2021

Paschal Donohoe is known as a serious, intellectual and committed centre-right politician who has supported international trade, globalisation and …

If Ireland raised its Corporation Tax Rate to 15%, would the economy collapse?

Paul Sweeney 08/07/2021

Ireland has had a low rate of corporation tax of 12.5% since 2003. If two decades later, the rate was raised by 2.5% to a minimum rate of 15%, as …

The Apple Judgement

Jim Stewart 27/07/2020

The Apple Judgement (1) has been widely acclaimed as a vindication for Ireland, its tax regime and policies towards FDI. Apart from Apple itself, it …

How Businesses Can Survive the Lockdown

Paul Sweeney 01/05/2020

  Many argue that bad businesses should not be supported by the state. However, if this pandemic’s lockdown lasts a long time, it is going to …

Zero hours work

Michelle O'Sullivan 16/04/2019

There has much attention on zero hours work in Ireland in recent years. Former Labour Party Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash …

Privatisation Pendulum Swings Back.

Paul Sweeney 20/12/2018

In my last blog in November, we saw that privatisation is being reversed in the UK, the original home of the Thatcher ideology of “rolling back the …

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