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  • 23.05.05

    The Minister for Finance, Brian Cowen, TD, today (23 May 2005) opened the new State Laboratory at Backweston, Co Kildare.

    The Minister stated that “the relocation of this vital facility has given the staff of the State Laboratory a remarkable opportunity to review in a strategic frame their professional needs for the decades ahead.”

  • 20.04.05

    The Minister for Finance, Mr Brian Cowen, TD, today (20 April 2005) announced the appointment of Mr Finbarr Flood as chairman of the Decentralisation Implementation Group (DIG).

    Mr Flood served as chairman of the Labour Court from 1998 to 2003 having previously served as Deputy Chairman of the Court. He retired as Managing Director of Guinness (Ireland) Ltd in November 1994.

  • 09.04.05

    The Minister for Finance, Mr Brian Cowen, T.D., announced today the award of two external consultancy contracts for the review of certain property tax incentives as part of the major detailed review of various tax incentives in the context of the 2006 Budget. 

  • 05.04.05

    The Minister for Finance, Mr Brian Cowen, T.D., today (5 April 2005) welcomed the announcement by the Financial Services Ombudsman Council that it had appointed Joseph Meade as the first Financial Services Ombud sman.

  • 14.03.05

    The Minister for Finance, Mr. Brian Cowen, T.D., announced that he has now received from the Revenue Commissioners a report on the effective tax rates of the top 400 earners for the tax year 2001.

  • 11.03.05

    The Minister for Finance today announced the award of contracts for the supply of electricity to over 400 selected sites (representing consumption of more than 200 Megawatts) across the public sector including Government Departments, the Garda Siochana, the Prison Service and the HSE.   Following an open tender competition for the supply of electricity in four tranches (details attached), the c

  • 11.03.05

    Speaking today in response to the Development Aid report the Minister for Finance Mr Brian Cowen TD said "the Government is committed to building quickly on the substantial progress to date and to achieve the UN target of 0.7%. The issue of how best to meet the target, and in what timeframe, is under ongoing review.

  • 10.03.05

    The Minister for Finance, Mr Brian Cowen, T.D., welcomed the report by the OECD "Taxing Wages 2003/2004", published yesterday, which has shown that the average tax rate of Irish workers is one of the lowest in OECD member states.

    The report, which looks at personal income tax and social security contributions in OECD countries in 2004, reveals:

  • 10.03.05

    The Minister for Finance, Mr Brian Cowen TD, announced that he has brought forward amendments to the Finance Bill 2005 to ensure the effectiveness of the extension of the powers of the Revenue Commissioners to pursue prosecutions against persons who engage in tax evasion or who facilitate tax evasion.

  • 07.03.05

    The Minister for Finance, Mr. Brian Cowen T.D., announced today 7th March, 2005 that State aid approval has been received from the European Commission for the Scheme for Excise Relief for Pilot Projects in the area of Biofuels.

    The Scheme was legislated for in Section 50 of Finance Act 2004 and will allow relief from excise duty for biofuel used in approved pilot projects.