Every aspect of Budget under scrutiny: Ahern

Every aspect of Budget under scrutiny: Ahern

Justice Minister Dermot Ahern today warned every aspect of Government spending was being examined as the Cabinet prepared for a special pre-Budget meeting.

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Lenihan: Budget cuts could exceed €3bn

Lenihan: Budget cuts could exceed €3bn

Budget cuts could run to more than €3bn, Finance Minister Brian Lenihan warned today.

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Lenihan: €3bn is 'minimum' of intended Budget cuts

Lenihan: €3bn is 'minimum' of intended Budget cuts

Finance Minister Brian Lenihan has indicated that cuts in excess of the previously mentioned figure of €3bn may be imposed in December's Budget.

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Lenihan looking for further savings cuts

Finance Minister Brian Lenihan has imposed a four-week deadline on each of his Cabinet colleagues to come up with cutbacks in their departments.

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FG calls for Govt to intervene in passports protest

FG calls for Govt to intervene in passports protest

Passport offices in Dublin and Cork are to close at 1pm as a result of industrial action by civil servants.

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Passport offices hit by protest action

Passport offices hit by protest action

Services at passport offices will be hit by industrial action later today.

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Travel pass for elderly tourists available today

A free rail scheme developed by Fáilte Ireland in conjunction with Iarnród Éireann is now available for all over 66's visiting here.

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Finance Bill to be published

Legislation to give effect to some of the tax changes announced in the Budget will be published by the Government today.

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GRA rows back on strike ballot plans

GRA rows back on strike ballot plans

Garda rank and file leaders have sent a questionnaire to the 11,600 members of the Garda Representative Association (GRA) to find out their views on taking part in public sector industrial action over pay cuts.

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Public sector protests to start next week

Public sector protests to start next week

Public sector protests over the cuts in pay introduced in the Budget are expected to start later this month.

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Fifth of Budget cuts 'come from the poor'

One euro in every €5 cut by the Government in Budget 2010 came from the pockets of the poor.

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Simon Community braced for further demand after Budget cuts

The Simon Community is bracing itself for greater numbers turning to its services next year.

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ASTI to mount 'campaign of resistance'

Teaching union ASTI has vowed to launch a campaign of resistance against thegovernment's Budget cuts.

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McGrath: Semi-State workers should have pay cuts immediately

A Government backbench TD is demanding that all semi-State wages are cut with immediate effect.

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Lenihan rules out exemptions for lower paid from pay cuts

The Finance Minister Brian Lenihan has ruled out exempting low paid public servants from pay cuts.

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Civil servants protest pay cut outside Dáil

Hundreds of civil servants are protesting outside the Dáil at the introduction of legislation this evening which will cut their pay by up to 15%.

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Unions meet to discuss Budget pay cuts

Unions meet to discuss Budget pay cuts

Unions are meeting today for talks on last week's public sector pay cuts.

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Union boss: Semi-state pay cuts will not be tolerated

The General Secretary of the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU) Eamon Devoy has said pay cuts to semi-state workers will not be tolertated.

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Garda reps face legal action over ballot

The Garda Commissioner and Justice Department officials have drawn up a plan to hit back if a strike ballot of rank and file gardai goes ahead.

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SIPTU head fears worst for the country

SIPTU head fears worst for the country

The President of the largest trade union SIPTU has said he genuinely fears the Government is pushing the country into a severe depression.

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FG hits out at refusal to end income levy

FG hits out at refusal to end income levy

Fine Gael has criticised measures in Budget 2010 saying they are bringing the lowest-paid workers into the tax net.

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Lee slams tax measures in Budget

Lee slams tax measures in Budget

Fine Gael has criticised measures in Budget 2010 saying they're bringing the lowest-paid workers into the tax net.

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Gormley reveals radical plan to slash Irish emissions

Gormley reveals radical plan to slash Irish emissions

The Green Party leader John Gormley has announced plans for new legislation which aims to commit Ireland to an 80% reduction in greenhouse gases by the year 2050.

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Dáil sparks fly over 'fast-track' social welfare bill

There were more angry scenes in the Dáil this morning as Opposition leaders again rounded on the Government over its bid to pass the Social Welfare bill into law today.

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Gilmore: Decision to walk from talks was 'political'

Gilmore: Decision to walk from talks was 'political'

The Labour Party has accused the Government of taking a political decision to abandon talks with unions on savings in the public sector.

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Teachers' unions meet to discuss strike options

The executives of the country's teachers' unions are meeting today to decide whether or not to take industrial action in the new year.

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New Budget measures to tackle welfare fraud

Social welfare officers will be able to inspect the bank accounts of people they suspect of fraud under new powers included in the Budget.

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Dáil to vote this evening on social welfare cuts

TDs are expected to vote this evening on cuts to the social welfare bill outlined in Wednesday's Budget after the debate on the issue resumes this morning.

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Unions warn of strike action

Unions warn of strike action

Unions were this evening warning of an 'indefinite strike' in protest at the cuts to public sector pay in yesterday's Budget.

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Labour hits out at Healy-Rae's Budget backing

Labour hits out at Healy-Rae's Budget backing

The Labour Party tonight called for Independent TD Jackie Healy-Rae to resign as chairman of the Oireachtas Social and Family Affairs Committee.

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Dáil debate on social welfare cuts disrupted

The Dáil was disrupted for nearly an hour this evening as party conflicts held up debate on the social welfare cuts in the Budget.

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Begg: Public servants 'shamefully treated'

The General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions today described as "extremely severe" the cuts to public servants' pay outlined in yesterday's Budget.

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ISPCC welcomes Govt commitment to children's right referendum

The ISPCC has welcomed the Government's commitment to hold the long-awaited children's rights referendum.

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Teachers' unions reject further talks with Govt

The heads of the four teacher unions have announced they will not take part in any talks with the Government on the transformation agenda.

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Social Justice Ireland blasts Budget as ‘unfair’ and ‘anti-family’

Social Justice Ireland blasts Budget as ‘unfair’ and ‘anti-family’

A leading social advocacy organisation today blasted the Budget as “unfair and breathtakingly unjust” saying it would damage Ireland’s economic and social development.

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Cowen: Drastic Budget was 'necessary evil'

Taoiseach Brian Cowen today led a sustained defence of the toughest Budget on record warning there was no avoiding the swingeing €4bn pay and welfare cuts.

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Fitzgerald: Taxes will have to be raised next year

Fitzgerald: Taxes will have to be raised next year

Former Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald has insisted that the Government will have to raise taxes next year.

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Budget 'ignores adult students'

The body representing Vocational Educational Committees (VECs) in Ireland today said the Budget measures announced by Finance Minister Brian Lenihan yesterday "ignored" the needs of adult students.

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Taoiseach to travel to Brussels as ministers face Budget backlash

Taoiseach is travelling to Brussels later today for a meeting of the European Council - the first one since the Lisbon Treaty came into force earlier this month.

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Union rules out further reform talks with Government

IMPACT trade union says its had "sand kicked in its face" one too many times by the Government.

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Business groups welcome excise cut in Budget

CEO of the Restaurants Association of Ireland Adrian Cummins says the excise duty cut is good news for his sector.

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Government moves forward with Budget

The Government won the first crucial votes of Budget 2010 last night.

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Lenihan: Ireland 'on the road to recovery'

The Finance Minister Brian Lenihan has said that Ireland is "on the road to economic recovery" in his Budget speech.

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Coir: 'Savage' Budget cuts are 'shameful'

Anti-Lisbon group Cóir have described the Budget's "savage cuts" as "shameful" saying they would cause struggling families and some of the most vulnerable people in society to suffer.

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Govt expected to raise price of fuel

Govt expected to raise price of fuel

It seems the news for motorists is not good in the Budget as the Government is expected to hike the price of petrol and diesel by 4 and 5 cent a litre respectively from midnight as the Carbon Tax kicks in.

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Report: Budget to cut excise on alcohol

Report: Budget to cut excise on alcohol

It has been reported that excise duty on alcohol will be cut, meaning the price of a pint should fall by 10 cent.

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Opposition: People will pay 'high price' in Budget

Opposition: People will pay 'high price' in Budget

The Opposition has lashed out at the Taoiseach in the Dáil saying the people would suffer from this afternoon's Budget just so the Government could bail out the banks.

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Leinster House sees budget protests

Protests have been mounted outside of Leinster House this afternoon, ahead of what's expected to be one of the toughest Budgets in the history of the State.

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Healy Rae did not 'put a gun to Govt's head'

Healy Rae did not 'put a gun to Govt's head'

Jackie Healy Rae's son has said his father didn't "put a gun to the Government's head" in order to guarantee his vote for the Budget.

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Lenihan insists Budget 'as fair as possible'

Finance Minister Brian Lenihan appeared with the Budget on the steps of Government Buildings this morning after the Cabinet met for the last time to discuss the package of financial reforms expected to be the most radical in living memory.

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Cabinet meets to sign off on Budget

The country was bracing itself this morning as Cabinet ministers met to sign off on what is feared will be the toughest Budget in living memory.

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Country braces itself for Budget

Finance Minister Brian Lenihan was this morning preparing to deliver his third budget in 14 months and one that is being widely regarded as the most important of a generation.

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Cowen warned of Lenihan 'coup plot'

Taoiseach Brian Cowen was tonight warned of alleged attempts to overthrow him by a senior Cabinet minister as the countdown begins to the most feared Budget in living memory.

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TUI: Elements of last week's talks off agenda

TUI: Elements of last week's talks off agenda

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) has responded to comments attributed to Minister Batt O’Keeffe that elements of a deal related to public service reform almost agreed last week could form the basis for talks next year.

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Unions warn of sustained strike campaign

Unions warn of sustained strike campaign

Public sector unions are warning of a long and sustained campaign of industrial action after talks with the Government collapsed last week.c

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FF back-bencher admits 'opposition' to Budget cuts

FF back-bencher admits 'opposition' to Budget cuts

A Fianna Fáil back-bencher has said there is "an opposition" within the party over how Wednesday's Budget cuts should be made.

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CEOs: Restoring consumer confidence key to recovery

A lack of consumer confidence is the greatest single challenge facing Irish businesses, according to a pre-Budget 2010 survey of CEOs.

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Govt Chief Whip will accept pay cut

Government Chief Whip Pat Carey has said he will "accept and agree" with whatever cuts the Finance Minister Brian Lenihan makes to the salaries of politicians.

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Amnesty: Public service cuts will erode human rights

Amnesty International Ireland has said cutting funding to public services in Wednesday's Budget will further erode human rights here.

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Govt to press on with pay cuts as talks collapse

The Government tonight vowed to press ahead with €1.3bn public sector pay cuts after talks with unions on alternatives dramatically collapsed.

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