Council predicts €10bn rise in national debt because of Budget

Council predicts €10bn rise in national debt because of Budget

The Government's decision not to implement one more austerity budget will result in the national debt remaining €10bn higher in 2018, according to the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council.

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Govt cut VAT on herbal tea

Govt cut VAT on herbal tea

The Government is cutting the VAT rate on herbal tea as part of measures included in the Finance Bill.

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Bruton: Scrapping of 'Double Irish' provides certainty for companies

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton has said the scrapping of the "Double Irish" tax loophole provided certainty for companies who know the days of their activities are numbered.

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Taoiseach pledges two more years of tax cuts

Taoiseach pledges two more years of tax cuts

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said that income taxes will be further reduced in next year's Budget.

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Taoiseach: Too many still struggling

Taoiseach: Too many still struggling

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has admitted too many people are still struggling in Ireland as he declared the country was emerging from a torrid seven years of recession.

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VIDEO: Noonan laughs off 'Nidge tax' jibe over cigarette hike

VIDEO: Noonan laughs off 'Nidge tax' jibe over cigarette hike

The Finance Minister Michael Noonan has laughed off suggestions that hiking the price of a packet of cigarettes to €10 amounts to a "Nidge tax".

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Taoiseach defends tax cuts as Noonan claims Opposition has 'no credibility'

Taoiseach defends tax cuts as Noonan claims Opposition has 'no credibility'

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny is defending the tax cuts in yesterday's Budget.

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Varadkar: Doctors 'don't know their facts' about Health budget

Varadkar: Doctors 'don't know their facts' about Health budget

The Health Minister Leo Varadkar has rejected criticism from doctors over his funding allocation in Budget 2015.

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Bruton and IBEC claim dropping 'double Irish' will benefit Ireland

The Jobs Minister claims Ireland can be a "magnet" for companies, despite the abolition of the "double Irish".

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INMO: Health service remains in a critical situation

INMO: Health service remains in a critical situation

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation have said Budget 2015 means "no more cuts, but the health service remains in a critical situation".

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Noonan hints that USC may be here to stay

Noonan hints that USC may be here to stay

Michael Noonan has hinted that the Universal Social Charge might never be abolished.

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Budget 2015 tax calculator

Budget 2015 tax calculator

Find out what Budget 2015 means for you and your family.

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Dáíl approves hike in cigarette prices

Dáíl approves hike in cigarette prices

Laws to increase the price of cigarettes have been passed – but not before being labelled "the Nidge Tax" in the Dáil tonight.

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€1bn Budget package signals end to austerity, Government claims

€1bn Budget package signals end to austerity, Government claims

By Mary Regan, Irish Examiner Political Editor
The Government claims the €1bn package of welfare hikes, reduced income tax and a public recruitment drive signals the end of a punishing age of austerity in a country battered by a spectacular economic nosedive.

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The far side of austerity: 'Give a little here, take some more back there'

The far side of austerity: 'Give a little here, take some more back there'

By Michael Clifford
On the far side of austerity: Noonan has offered hints that social justice informs his politics, but he also shows that he can outbid all-comers with a touch of auction politics.

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Water costs 'wipe out Budget boost'

Water costs 'wipe out Budget boost'

Families will have to sink any savings from Ireland’s first tax cut budget in seven years into imminent water charges, critics have warned.

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VIDEO: McDonald ejected from Dáil after accusing Ceann Comhairle of bias

VIDEO: McDonald ejected from Dáil after accusing Ceann Comhairle of bias

Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald was ejected from the Dáil this evening, after she accused the Ceann Comhairle of bias.

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Varadkar welcomes health budget hike, but warns: 'We're not awash with cash'

Varadkar welcomes health budget hike, but warns: 'We're not awash with cash'

The health budget will be increased next year for the first time in seven years.

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Border boost from Budget worth €500m

Border boost from Budget worth €500m

More than half a billion euro is to be pumped into counties on either side of the Irish border, Dublin’s public spending minister has announced.

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Right2Water: Govt has underestimated anger at 'unfair' water charges

Right2Water: Govt has underestimated anger at 'unfair' water charges

The Right2Water campaign has said that the Government’s "failed Budget attempt to ameliorate the impact of water charges" shows that the water tax cannot be reformed and must be scrapped.

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Barnardos welcomes €5 child-benefit increase as 'a good start'

Barnardos welcomes €5 child-benefit increase as 'a good start'

The head of children's charity Barnardos has said the increase to child benefit is "very welcome".

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Unite: Budget means recovery for a few, continued squeeze for the rest

Unite: Budget means recovery for a few, continued squeeze for the rest

The trade union Unite has accused the Government of squandering the recovery after today's Budget.

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Tánaiste praises 'fair' Budget

Tánaiste praises 'fair' Budget

The Tánaiste and Social Protection Minister has said the Budget announced today is fair.

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ALONE: Water charges will offset any Budget gains for older people

ALONE: Water charges will offset any Budget gains for older people

ALONE has said that older people living on the state pension will see a "small increase" in their income, and that is before they have to pay their water charges.

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SF: Govt should have abolished water charges

SF: Govt should have abolished water charges

Sinn Féin's Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has described Budget 2015 as "deeply disappointing" and doing "nothing for struggling families".

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Austerity still hurting many, says SVP

Austerity still hurting many, says SVP

The St Vincent de Paul Society has said that today's Budget does not recoup what has been taken away in recent austerity budgets.

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Minister should have addressed 'ridiculous' road tax payable on older vehicles: AA

Minister should have addressed 'ridiculous' road tax payable on older vehicles: AA

The AA has said Budget 2015 contains "relatively good news" for motorists.

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How will the Budget affect you?

How will the Budget affect you?

The Department of Finance has released its calculations on how different sample individuals will be affected by today's Budget.

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Small business leaders hoped for more direct measures in Budget

Small business leaders hoped for more direct measures in Budget

Chambers Ireland, the country's largest business network, said it is disappointed that there were no direct measures in Budget 2015 to help businesses.

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200 new gardaí, 1,700 new classroom posts: Budget 2015 marks end of recruitment embargo

200 new gardaí, 1,700 new classroom posts: Budget 2015 marks end of recruitment embargo

As part of his Budget 2015 speech to the Dáil today, Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin announced the end of the moratorium on recruitment (in the public service).

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Tourist bodies welcome retention of 'job-friendly' VAT rate

Tourist bodies welcome retention of 'job-friendly' VAT rate

Fáilte Ireland and the Restaurants Association of Ireland have said that the retention of the 9% VAT rate for the hospitality sector will help to maintain the sector's current level of employment growth.

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Construction industry 'disappointed' with Budget measures

Construction industry 'disappointed' with Budget measures

The Construction Industry Federation is "disappointed" Budget 2015 didn't address the high cost of building in Ireland.

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Taoiseach: Tough budgets 'part of the plan' - and it's working

Taoiseach: Tough budgets 'part of the plan' - and it's working

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has told the Irish people that he knows recent Budgets have been difficult, but were all "part of the plan" to bring the economy "back on track".

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Clúid: Social housing spend will provide 2,000 new homes over next three years

Clúid: Social housing spend will provide 2,000 new homes over next three years

Clúid Housing has "warmly welcomed" today’s announcement of a trebling in capital funding for social housing in the Budget.

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US: Tax changes will make Ireland more attractive for Foreign Direct Investment

US: Tax changes will make Ireland more attractive for Foreign Direct Investment

The American Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the Government's announcement on Corporate Tax and Income Tax in Budget 2015.

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Farmers have 'mixed feelings' over Budget 2015

Farmers have 'mixed feelings' over Budget 2015

The Irish Farmers Association has said it has "mixed feelings" about Budget 2015.

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Budget 2015: The main points

Budget 2015: The main points

Increases in child benefit, a partial restoration of the Christmas bonus scheme, changes to the entry level of the Universal Social Charge and two new USC rates for higher earners and the self employed.

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Budget 2015: Govt to recruit for Public Service next year

Budget 2015: Govt to recruit for Public Service next year

Brendan Howlin has announced that there will be no more overall reductions in the number of public servants.

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Howlin announces 1,700 new teaching jobs

Howlin announces 1,700 new teaching jobs

The Dáil has heard that the Government will create more than 1,700 additional new full-time posts in education next year.

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Budget announces increase in child benefit and return of Christmas bonus

Budget announces increase in child benefit and return of Christmas bonus

Brendan Howlin has told the Dáil that child benefit will increase by €5 from January 1, 2015.

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Budget 2015: Spending increases for children, elderly, social-welfare recipients and education

Budget 2015: Spending increases for children, elderly, social-welfare recipients and education

Among the spending measures being offered by the Government for 2015, as announced by Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin are:

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Howlin: Govt to spend €2.2bn on social housing

Howlin: Govt to spend €2.2bn on social housing

The Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin said the Government will spend €2.2bn on social housing units.

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Budget 2015: Tax, USC, water-charges tax relief among the main changes

Budget 2015: Tax, USC, water-charges tax relief among the main changes

A number of significant changes were outlined in today's Budget 2015 by Finance Minister Michael Noonan.

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'Double Irish' to be phased out

'Double Irish' to be phased out

In delivering his Budget 2015 speech, Finance Minister Michael Noonan confirmed a phasing out of controversial tax arrangements - known as the "Double Irish" - which allows multinational companies to slash their tax bills by locating in Ireland.

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Cigarettes go up, other old reliables stay the same

Cigarettes go up, other old reliables stay the same

The Minister for Finance says that a pack of 20 cigarettes is to increase by 40 cents from midnight tonight.

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Budget 2015: Entry point for USC raised to €12,000; new USC rates confirmed for high incomes

Budget 2015: Entry point for USC raised to €12,000; new USC rates confirmed for high incomes

Minister Michael Noonan has confirmed a number of changes to the Universal Social Charge.

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Noonan cuts top rate of Income Tax

Noonan cuts top rate of Income Tax

The Dáil has heard that the top rate of income tax will be cut from 41% to 40%.

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Noonan confirms Water Charges Relief

Noonan confirms Water Charges Relief

Michael Noonan has confirmed that all households will get a Water Charges Relief at the standard rate of 20% for all households up to a maximum of €500 per year.

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Noonan announces relief on DIRT for first-time house buyers

Noonan announces relief on DIRT for first-time house buyers

The Finance Minister has announced that the Government will provide a refund of DIRT on savings used to buy a home for first-time buyers from tonight.

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Noonan: Pension levy to drop

Noonan: Pension levy to drop

Michael Noonan has told the Dáil that the 0.60% pension fund levy will finish at the end of 2014.

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Noonan announces extension of renovation scheme to rental properties

Noonan announces extension of renovation scheme to rental properties

Minister Michael Noonan has announced an extension to the Home Renovation Incentive Scheme to rental properties whose owners are liable for income tax from tonight until the end of 2015.

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Noonan declares an end to austerity with Budget 2015

Noonan declares an end to austerity with Budget 2015

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has declared the end of austerity with the country’s first tax-cut and spending-increase budget for seven years.

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Govt to keep 9% VAT rate for tourism sector

Govt to keep 9% VAT rate for tourism sector

The Finance Minister has announced that the 9% VAT rate for tourism services will remain.

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12.5% corporation tax 'is settled policy. It will not change'

12.5% corporation tax 'is settled policy. It will not change'

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has said the country's 12.5% rate of corporate tax will remain in place.

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Noonan expects unemployment to be just above 10% next year

Noonan expects unemployment to be just above 10% next year

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said that unemployment is expected to be under 10% in 2015.

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Budget 2015: Live

Budget 2015: Live

Live reporting from the Budget 2015 speech.

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Child benefit rise and Christmas bonus part of the Budget changes

Child benefit rise and Christmas bonus part of the Budget changes

A €5 increase in child benefit, a partial restoration of the Christmas bonus scheme and changes to the entry level for the Universal Social Charge will form a major part of this afternoon's Budget.

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Howlin: Public will breathe 'sigh of relief' after Budget

Howlin: Public will breathe 'sigh of relief' after Budget

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin said this morning that "most people will breathe a sigh of relief" after today's Budget.

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Budget not expected to increase price of a pint

Budget not expected to increase price of a pint

The first non-austerity Budget in seven years will be delivered by the Coalition later.

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Tax credit in pipeline for low income earners in Budget

Tax credit in pipeline for low income earners in Budget

The Government looks set to announce new relief measures to cut water bills in tomorrow's Budget.

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