Low incomes and poverty, Budget 2024 predictions, and Dublin Port’s plan for a new bridge over the Liffey

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Incomes for some of the poorest people in the Republic are in danger of a more pronounced stagnation amid a rise in deprivation and poverty, according to the Economic and Social Research Institute. Ian Curran has the details.

Soaring inflation, the high cost of housing and the complicated nature of pensions are all leading people to “leave money on the table” by not investing in their retirement, industry experts have warned. Conor Pope reports.

What will Budget 2024 give to cash-strapped households? Fiona Reddan offers her predictions in our weekly personal finance feature.

In our money Q&A, a reader wonders if their son will face a tax bill by bringing money home that they saved while working in Switzerland to buy a house here. Dominic Coyle offers some guidance.


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Corporation tax receipts fell sharply in August, down €1 billion on the same month last year, raising fears about the volatility of this key source of revenue to the exchequer. Cliff Taylor has the details.

Should we be worried by the sharp year-on-year drop in corporation tax receipts? Cantillon offers a view.

Plans to build a new bridge over the river Liffey linking the north and south portions of Dublin Port will be submitted for planning permission later this year, Dublin Port Company has said, adding that the move would take heavy goods traffic off locals roads. Ian Curran has the details.

RTÉ never successfully replaced Gerry Ryan on 2fm after he died in 2010 and has yet to demonstrate if it can adequately replace Ryan Tubridy on air. But in the age of AI, can everyone now be replaced? Laura Slattery ponders a difficult question facing many workers right now.

Irish workers feel more overworked than their global peers while almost a quarter cannot pay their bills or are struggling to do so, according to a PwC study. Ian Curran reports.

The selection of a new chief executive at travel software firm Datalex marks a generational shift at the top, writes Cantillon.

Can the “magnificent seven” stocks – Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet, Amazon, Nvidia, Tesla and Meta – maintain their previous market dominance? Stocktake offers a view.

In Me & My Money, John Finucane, artistic director of Music in Monkstown 2023, tells Tony Clayton-Lea how as a musician, “saving was never much of an option” for him.

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