The public finances ended 2017 in the black to the tune of €1.9 billion thanks to the proceeds from the sale of part of the state’s shareholding in AIB.
The surplus last year compares to a deficit of €1 billion in 2016 and was helped by the more than €3 billion gain from selling 28 per cent of AIB last June and a solid increase in tax revenues.
The state collected €50.7 billion in taxes last...
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