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#Michael McGrath

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 11 January, 2016

This tax measure brought in €57m more than expected, but was it fair?

A cap on tax relief on health insurance brought in €151 million.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 3 December, 2015

'Clearly there is a heightened risk of something going wrong'

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…

# michael-mcgrath - Saturday 10 October, 2015

Within weeks, this man could be Fianna Fáil's new leader... or unemployed A Cruel Game This post contains videos

Within weeks, this man could be Fianna Fáil's new leader... or unemployed

Micheal McGrath dropped by TheJournal.ie this week for a chat about his own future and that of his party.

# michael-mcgrath - Sunday 13 September, 2015

How many of these TDs can hold their seats?

Banking inquiry members have faced a heavy workload this year, but has it damaged their chances of re-election?

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 7 September, 2015

# michael-mcgrath - Sunday 23 August, 2015

Fianna Fáil's next leader, from most to least likely

Micheál Martin is safe for now but who’s in the running to replace him? Here’s our ranking of the contenders…

# michael-mcgrath - Saturday 1 August, 2015

More than 300,000 set to lose mortgage interest relief in next two years

The average benefit to a family is around €850.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 29 July, 2015

Tired performances all round as David Drumm controversy casts shadow over Banking Inquiry

Mary Harney and John Gormley were the latest former politicians to brave the banking inquiry gauntlet this afternoon.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 16 July, 2015

The bizarre story of how Gaddafi almost bought a big chunk of Bank of Ireland

Irish government officials went to Libya to talk about a potential deal – but Libya didn’t feel ‘comfortable’ with Ireland’s handling of the financial crisis.

# michael-mcgrath - Sunday 5 July, 2015

Ireland's next Taoiseach, ranked from most to least likely

Enda Kenny is in the hotseat now, but how likely is that to be the case after the next election.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 1 July, 2015

WATCH: Charlie McCreevy's blunt answer when asked if he ever got anything wrong If I Have It I Spend It This post contains videos

WATCH: Charlie McCreevy's blunt answer when asked if he ever got anything wrong

The former finance minister gave a robust performance at the banking inquiry today.

# michael-mcgrath - Sunday 28 June, 2015

Fianna Fáil doesn't want to repeal the 8th Amendment

Micheál Martin didn’t respond to our survey, while others had an identical reply.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 23 June, 2015

Could credit unions be on the way out? They're said to be under 'sustained attack'

Fianna Fáil thinks the sector is burdened by “excessive regulation and bureaucracy”.

# michael-mcgrath - Friday 12 June, 2015

Why it's pretty unlikely Denis O'Brien will face the banking inquiry

One TD proposed that O’Brien should be called as a witness.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 19 May, 2015

Will this man finally get tough with banks if they don't drop mortgage rates?

The Finance Minister has been meeting with lenders.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 22 April, 2015

'We'll cut them again in a month or two' - AIB chief on mortgage rates

David Duffy was in front of the Oireachtas Finance Committee today, although it didn’t seem like too much of an ordeal for him…

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 1 April, 2015

Our banks are making homeowners 'pay way over the odds'

Interest rates in Ireland are way out of step with the rest of Europe.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 18 March, 2015

Just what exactly is going on with Fianna Fáil? (And is Micheál Martin safe?) Analysis This post contains videos

Just what exactly is going on with Fianna Fáil? (And is Micheál Martin safe?)

Analysis: The party is continuing to perform poorly in opinion polls, leading some to question its direction.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 17 March, 2015

Irish sub-prime mortgage arrears are going through the roof

Loans from so-called sub-prime lenders are four times more likely to be in arrears than those from the mainstream banks

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 5 March, 2015

People have tried to get millions in pension funds out of Ireland

The Revenue Commissioners are investigating if any of this activity was illegal.

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 2 March, 2015

Joan Burton says Fianna Fáil voted for HUGE tax increases - but that's not entirely true

The Tánaiste’s claimed that Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin backed €4.5 billion in tax increases last week – but that’s not entirely accurate.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 24 February, 2015

These two are not happy about Leo's sly digs at Micheál Martin War Of Words This post contains videos

These two are not happy about Leo's sly digs at Micheál Martin

Varadkar’s labelling of Martin as the leader of “the third party” has not gone down well.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 11 February, 2015

Hmmm... the Government is doing a LOT of investing in Irish Water

€300 million’s worth at last count…

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 9 February, 2015

Gamble online? You're going to have to start paying tax on it

The 1% tax was planned four years ago but was delayed in Europe.

# michael-mcgrath - Sunday 25 January, 2015

Here's how much was spent on criminal legal aid in 2014

The expenditure has reduced by about €10 million in the last six years.

# michael-mcgrath - Friday 9 January, 2015

IBRC won't say how much former Anglo directors still owe them

The bank said the information is “commercially sensitive”.

# michael-mcgrath - Monday 29 December, 2014

10,000 Irish homeowners need protection against 'vulture funds'

Fianna Fáil’s Finance Spokesperson Michael McGrath has said the issue needs to be dealt with in 2015.

# michael-mcgrath - Sunday 28 December, 2014

What is the 0.15% pension levy being spent on?

Fianna Fáil aren’t happy with the Government’s answer.

# michael-mcgrath - Friday 19 December, 2014

'An air of panic is setting in to the property market'

New figures show a spike in the number of mortgage approvals.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 17 December, 2014

ECB to Ireland: We don't have to answer to you

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…

# michael-mcgrath - Saturday 13 December, 2014

'We're ready': Fianna Fáil selects two familiar faces to run in the next general election

Party leader Micheál Martin and finance spokesperson, Michael McGrath, were nominated in Cork South Central.

# michael-mcgrath - Thursday 13 November, 2014

AIB will return the €21bn taxpayers pumped into it, but don't hold your breath on when

Here’s what the bank’s chief would reveal today about how long that will take…

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 5 November, 2014

Burton: €200 water bill for four adult family is my personal hope... and Enda is on the same page

“I am very confident that the Taoiseach and I are very much on the same page on that,” Burton said today.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 22 October, 2014

Nearly all the assets from Nama's €17.5 billion in fire sales have gone to offshore buyers

And the bad bank’s boss says if overseas owners want to pull apart Irish businesses there’s not much he can do.

# michael-mcgrath - Saturday 27 September, 2014

Minister claims "no connection" between McNulty board appointment and Seanad nomination

The opposition claim that the controversy is growing ‘shabbier by the day’.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 24 September, 2014

What role did the media have in the financial crisis? The banking inquiry wants to find out

Terms of reference for the investigation into the collapse of the Irish banking system were finalised today.

# michael-mcgrath - Tuesday 12 August, 2014

The IMF says we can pay back our loans early - but what does that mean?

Early repayment could save hundreds of millions every year – but could also be a political minefield.

# michael-mcgrath - Sunday 10 August, 2014

"Second class Euro membership": Ireland could lose automatic right to ECB vote

Under the new system, for one month every year Ireland will not be able to vote.

# michael-mcgrath - Saturday 9 August, 2014

Fears as 10,000 mortgages now in the hands of 'vulture funds'

The selling off of IBRC assets leaves home owners vulnerable to a rise in interest rates.

# michael-mcgrath - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

'Appalling' state of sub-prime mortgages in firing line

One in four home repossessions since 2012 relates to sub-prime properties, new figures show