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Irish tax take 5.4% ahead of target in first 8 months of 2021

FILE PHOTO: Phased re-opening of retail after COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, in Dublin

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland collected 5.4% more tax than expected during the first eight months of the year, the finance ministry said on Thursday as the country prepared to remove the last of its COVID-19 restrictions.

Tax revenues have been far more resilient than expected throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, mainly due to strong income and corporate tax.

On a 12-month rolling basis, Ireland's exchequer recorded a deficit of 9.54 billion euros in the year to the end of August.

(Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Alison Williams)

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