Minister for Finance, Brian Cowen, TD, welcomes passage of Finance Bill 2006
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) today (1st March) published the main findings of its recent Evaluation of Ireland’s measures to combat Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism. The full report is expected to be published shortly.
A new Freedom of Information Code of Practice, to facilitate public access to information held by the North/South Implementation Bodies and Tourism Ireland Ltd. since their inception in 1999, comes into operation today.
Minister for Finance, Brian Cowen, TD, Announces
• Finance Bill 2006 based on sound fiscal policies that deliver value for money to the taxpayer
• Bill gives legal effect to Budget measures to ensure that high earners can no longer reduce their taxable income to zero
• A new pension initiative aimed at lower income SSIA holders and those with under funded Pensions
Mr Brian Cowen, TD, Minster for Finance, announced today, (13 January 2006), the formal establishment of the Public Service Benchmarking Body as provided for in the second public service agreement under Sustaining Progress (SP) to undertake a fundamental examination of the pay of public service employees vis-à-vis the private sector.
END-DECEMBER 2005 EXCHEQUER RETURNS
The following statement was issued today (Wednesday, 4 January, 2006) by the Minister for Finance, Mr Brian Cowen, TD.
An Exchequer deficit of €499 million was recorded in 2005. At the start of 2005 it was expected that this would be just under €3 billion.
Government tender website registered suppliers jumps 21% in 12 months
Over 80,000 visits to www.etenders.gov.ie site
The Minister for Finance, Mr Brian Cowen, TD, today (23 May 2005) responded to RTE’s Prime Time programme in relation to taxation.
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.”
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.