Banks lobby to link accountability laws to lifting of bonus ban

Banking & Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI) has warned members of the Oireachtas finance committee that planned new laws to make it easier to hold financial firm managers accountable for failings under their watch “cannot operate effectively” as long as a ban on bonuses remains in place. The comments were contained in a 15-page submission to…

Energy, services boost euro zone inflation as expected in September

More expensive energy and services boosted euro zone inflation as expected in September, data showed today, with core inflation also higher. The European Union’s statistics office Eurostat said consumer prices in the euro zone rose 0.5% month-on-month in September for a 3.4% year-on-year rise, as earlier estimated by Eurostat. While the headline number was well…

Views of the public sought on future of tax and welfare

A public consultation is being launched today on the work of the Commission on Taxation and Welfare. Established earlier this year, the Commission is an independent body tasked by Government with reviewing how best the taxation and welfare system can support economic activity and income redistribution. The Commission is also examining ways of ensuring that…

State pension hike and retirement age stasis threaten sustainability of pension system – report

The increase in the state pension in last week’s budget together with the decision not to raise the retirement age are impacting on the sustainability of the overall pension system here, according to an international ranking of pension regimes carried out by consultants Mercer. The Mercer CFA Institute Global Pension Index (MCGPI) is a comprehensive…