Corporation tax - Rate can’t be changed

THE Government was right yesterday to move quickly and firmly to nip in the bud suggestions that proposals in a draft European Commission communique regarding corporation tax would have implications for our relatively low 12.5% rate.

Minister for Enterprise, Trade, and Employment Batt O’Keeffe insisted the 12.5% rate is “a constant”.

He reminded those who might suggest otherwise that Ireland secured a legally binding guarantee before the second Nice referendum that recognises that situation. If it became necessary to invoke that guarantee, so very soon after the Nice vote was passed, it would further undermine confidence in a Government already under tremendous pressure. It would also deepen the cynicism surrounding our political system.

Not only that, more importantly, it would put tens of thousands of invaluable jobs in jeopardy.


Kate Tempest’s Vicar Street show began with the mother of all selfie moments. The 33 year-old poet and rapper disapproves of mid-concert photography and instructed the audience to get their snap-happy impulses out of the way at the outset. What was to follow would, she promised, be intense. We should give ourselves to the here and now and leave our phones in our pockets.Kate Tempest dives deep and dark in Dublin gig

Des O'Sullivan examines the lots up for auction in Bray.A Week in Antiques: Dirty tricks and past political campaigns

Following South Africa’s deserved Rugby World Cup victory I felt it was about time that I featured some of their wines.Wine with Leslie Williams

All your food news.The Menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

More From The Irish Examiner