Michael Noonan: We will abolish USC if back in power

Michael Noonan: We will abolish USC if back in power

The Finance Minister Michael Noonan has drawn another line between Fine Gael and Labour ahead of the election, by reaffirming his plan to abolish the Universal Social Charge (USC).

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Government failed to take 'prudent financial path' in Budget 2016, says FAC

Government failed to take 'prudent financial path' in Budget 2016, says FAC

The Fiscal Advisory Council has criticised the Government's Budget for 2016.

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High earners 'benefit most from tax changes in the Budget'

High earners 'benefit most from tax changes in the Budget'

More than half the income gains of the last five years have gone to the top tenth of earners, a think tank has stated.

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Group warns that parents may have to pay to hold child's place until free preschool starts

Group warns that parents may have to pay to hold child's place until free preschool starts

There is a warning that parents may have to pay to hold on to places for their children until the free preschool year kicks in for them.

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Taoiseach says abolishing USC will bring home young emigrants

Taoiseach says abolishing USC will bring home young emigrants

The Taoiseach has said Fine Gael's tax policies in the next election will be designed to bring 75,000 emigrants back home.

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Joan Burton proposes new rent regulator to tackle rising costs

Joan Burton proposes new rent regulator to tackle rising costs

The Tánaiste Joan Burton has proposed the establishment of a rent regulator.

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Fiscal Advisory Council chairman McHale asks why he wasn't given deficit-deal details

Fiscal Advisory Council chairman McHale asks why he wasn't given deficit-deal details

The chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has denied being put back in his box by the Department of Finance, and said the bigger issue was why the spending watchdog did not have access to all the information surrounding the budget deficit.

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Taoiseach defends Budget in Dáil and says it brings us to 'a fork in the road'

Taoiseach defends Budget in Dáil and says it brings us to 'a fork in the road'

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the Budget brings us to "a fork in the road".

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Varadkar wanted a sugar tax in Budget 2016

Varadkar wanted a sugar tax in Budget 2016

The Health Minister Leo Varadkar has said he would have liked to see a sugar tax in Budget 2016, but that his request wasn’t granted.

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Noonan hopes Budget will help young people buy homes

Noonan hopes Budget will help young people buy homes

The Finance Minister Michael Noonan expects a lot of young people will 'take the plunge' and buy a new home, now that Budget 2016 has been unveiled.

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Taoiseach will answer Budget questions in the Dáil today

Taoiseach will answer Budget questions in the Dáil today

The Taoiseach will answer questions in the Dáil today on the Budget his government has unveiled for 2016.

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Free GP care described as 'poorly disguised attempt to buy votes'

Free GP care described as 'poorly disguised attempt to buy votes'

Critics of free GP care have described plans for its extension as 'a poorly disguised attempt to buy votes'.

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Children's Rights Alliance say Budget will 'greatly improve' life for thousands of families

Children's Rights Alliance say Budget will 'greatly improve' life for thousands of families

The Children's Rights Alliance has said yesterday's Budget will greatly improve the lives of thousands of children and families.

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'No major row' over rent caps says Brendan Howlin

'No major row' over rent caps says Brendan Howlin

A Labour minister has said there is no major row with Fine Gael over rent caps and both parties are eager to make rent affordable.

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Budget talk continues today as Government looks towards re-election

Budget talk continues today as Government looks towards re-election

The Government parties will today begin the process of selling its budget, the main part of its re-election platform.

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Coalition to prepare other measures to control rent

Coalition to prepare other measures to control rent

Brendan Howlin has played down the extent of any row between the government parties over plans to control the cost of rent.

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Free care for the under 12s a 'recipe for disaster'

Free care for the under 12s a 'recipe for disaster'

One of the Government's biggest Budget promises is already under threat.

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Budget 2016: Case studies

Budget 2016: Case studies

What does Budget 2016 mean for you? We make sense of it below.

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Budget 2016: Education spending plans outlined

Budget 2016: Education spending plans outlined

From next September every child in Ireland will be able to start pre-school at age three and remain there until they start primary school.

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Government accused of pandering to voters with ‘extra week’s wages’ Budget

Government accused of pandering to voters with ‘extra week’s wages’ Budget

Every worker in Ireland has been promised an extra week’s wages by the coalition government ahead of an imminent General Election.

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Budget 2016 infographic: A breakdown of Government income and expenditure

Budget 2016 infographic: A breakdown of Government income and expenditure

How much is coming in v how much is going out next year.

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20,000 new homes to be built over next four years

20,000 new homes to be built over next four years

Some 20,000 new homes are to be built with funding from the state’s “bad bank” over the next four years.

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POLL: What do you think of Budget 2016?

POLL: What do you think of Budget 2016?

The Government today outlined their Budget plans for the coming year.

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Budget 2016 comment: A munificent Budget - let's hope the outcome isn’t back to the future

Budget 2016 comment: A munificent Budget - let's hope the outcome isn’t back to the future

This is a giveaway budget. In substance and delivery, if not tone, it is a throwback to the halcyon days of that other great smoke and mirrors merchant, Charlie McCreevy, writes Michael Clifford

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Free childcare among package of sweeteners for young parents

Free childcare among package of sweeteners for young parents

The Government has used its final Budget to woo young parents who were among the worst hit by the country’s punishing economic crash.

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12c charge on ATM transactions in Budget 2016 to encourage cashless society

12c charge on ATM transactions in Budget 2016 to encourage cashless society

The Government is slapping a 12c charge on all ATM transactions in an attempt to nudge the country towards a cashless society.

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Boost for pensioners as Government looks to woo the 'grey' vote with Budget 2016

Boost for pensioners as Government looks to woo the 'grey' vote with Budget 2016

The “grey vote” was also front and centre of the coalition’s attempts to be returned to power when the next election is called.

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Well-paid families to get '10 times the gain' of low paid in Budget 2016, say Opposition parties

Well-paid families to get '10 times the gain' of low paid in Budget 2016, say Opposition parties

The main opposition parties have pulled no punches in issuing their reaction to Budget 2016. they called the Government "delusional".

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Budget 2016: Tax calculator

Budget 2016: Tax calculator

Find out what Budget 2016 means for you with our Budget calculator, provided by KPMG.

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Workers to benefit by up to €1,000 as USC rates drop; 42,000 more workers will pay none

Workers to benefit by up to €1,000 as USC rates drop; 42,000 more workers will pay none

No one earning €13,000 or less will pay the Universal Social Charge under changes announced in Budget 2016.

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Budget 2016: What it means for business

Budget 2016: What it means for business

Businesses gave the Budget announced by Government a cautious welcome with some measures flagged in advance coming to fruition and the first steps taken in putting entrepreneurs on the same tax footing as PAYE workers.

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Budget 2016: The reaction

Budget 2016: The reaction

Update 6.03pm IDA Ireland has hailed the announcement of an OECD-compliant Knowledge Development Box (KBD) for Ireland in today’s Budget.

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Howlin hails ‘remarkable turnaround’ during Budget 2016 speech

Howlin hails ‘remarkable turnaround’ during Budget 2016 speech

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin declared “a remarkable turnaround” in Ireland's fortunes, which he said was a tribute to the resilience of the Irish people.

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Noonan: Budget 2016 the end of 'boom and bust'

Noonan: Budget 2016 the end of 'boom and bust'

Ireland’s Budget 2016 is to keep the country’s economic recovery going, Finance Minister Michael Noonan has claimed.

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Michael Noonan announces Budget 2016 measures

Michael Noonan announces Budget 2016 measures

A series of cuts to the Universal Social Charge and a tax credit for the self employed are some of the main measures announced so far in Budget 2016.

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Budget 2016: Main points

Budget 2016: Main points

Tax cuts, welfare increases, a new childcare package and a freezing of the local property tax are among the main components of Budget 2016.

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VIDEO: What to expect from Budget 2016

VIDEO: What to expect from Budget 2016


UPDATE (12.51): Retailers Against Smuggling (RAS) has strongly crticised the Government’s decision to raise the price of a packet of cigarettes by 50 cent in today's Budget.

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WATCH: Use Budget to scrap water charges, say Social Democrats

WATCH: Use Budget to scrap water charges, say Social Democrats

The Social Democrats have stated that if they were in power, they would scrap water charges in tomorrow's Budget - and it would only cost €13m.

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'Why do people have to suffer so much?' Use Budget to fix homelessness, Government urged

'Why do people have to suffer so much?' Use Budget to fix homelessness, Government urged

The Government is being urged to use tomorrow's Budget to take concrete steps to solve the homelessness crisis.

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Budget reported to set aside more money for health and education

Budget reported to set aside more money for health and education

The final touches are being put in place for Budget 2016.

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Anti Austerity Alliance wants budget to 'take on the 1% for a recovery of the 99%'

The Anti Austerity Alliance will release its pre-budget submission today.

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SF promises between €600 and €2,000 for average worker in pre-Budget submission

SF promises between €600 and €2,000 for average worker in pre-Budget submission

Sinn Féin says it plans to give back hundreds of euro to the average worker or family, as part of its pre-Budget submission.

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Childcare and health among main sticking points as Cabinet meets to finalise Budget 2016

Childcare and health among main sticking points as Cabinet meets to finalise Budget 2016

It is understood that additional spending on health is one of the main sticking points as the Cabinet holds a special meeting today to put the finishing touches to Budget 2016.

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Coveney: Farming should have priority treatment in Budget

Coveney: Farming should have priority treatment in Budget

The Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney has said people "should not be surprised" to see farmers singled out as a priority in next week's Budget.

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Kenny: Overall tax burden will be brought below 50% in next week's Budget

Kenny: Overall tax burden will be brought below 50% in next week's Budget

The Taoiseach has re-iterated that the marginal rate of tax will be brought below 50% in next week's Budget.

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Health Minister demands 20% tax on soft drinks to help combat obesity

Health Minister demands 20% tax on soft drinks to help combat obesity

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has today called for a 20% tax on soft drinks to be introduced in the upcoming Budget.

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Renua plan would leave minimum-wage earners worse off, Creighton admits

Renua plan would leave minimum-wage earners worse off, Creighton admits

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton has admitted her party's new tax proposals would result in those on the minimum wage being marginally worse off.

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Renua proposes new flat rate of income tax in pre-budget submission

Renua has issued a number of pre-budget submissions today.

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Group says recent reforms penalise working lone parents

Group says recent reforms penalise working lone parents

The Government has been told to stop penalising single parents who work outside the home.

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USC 'likely to be cut by 1 to 1.5 %' in upcoming Budget

USC 'likely to be cut by 1 to 1.5 %' in upcoming Budget

The coalition will reportedly slash Universal Social Charge in the upcoming Budget.

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FF: Give workers a break by cutting taxes

FF: Give workers a break by cutting taxes

Fianna Fáil says the government needs to give a break to workers by cutting their taxes in the Budget.

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Howlin 'surprised' by Ireland's speedy economic recovery

Howlin 'surprised' by Ireland's speedy economic recovery

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has admitted he is surprised at the speed of Ireland's economic recovery.

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Tax revenues ahead of target

The latest Exchequer returns show tax revenues are 5.8% ahead of target in the first nine months of the year.

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Central Bank advises Government to focus on debt reduction in upcoming Budget

Central Bank advises Government to focus on debt reduction in upcoming Budget

The Central Bank is urging the Government to focus on reducing debt levels in the Budget, instead of tax cuts and spending increases.

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Report: Irish living standards ‘return to pre-crash levels’

Report: Irish living standards ‘return to pre-crash levels’

Ireland has gone to back to the future as living standards return to pre-crash levels for the first time, a leading think-tank has declared.

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Social Justice Ireland: Irish bailout has failed to deal with poverty and social exclusion

Social Justice Ireland: Irish bailout has failed to deal with poverty and social exclusion

Social Justice Ireland says that the bailout programme in Ireland had a disproportionately negative impact on the poor.

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Paternity benefit to be paid from next summer

Paternity benefit to be paid from next summer

New fathers could receive paternity benefit from next summer.

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Irish people on higher incomes 'pay more tax than counterparts elsewhere'

Irish people on higher incomes 'pay more tax than counterparts elsewhere'

People on higher incomes in Ireland pay more tax than their counterparts in Sweden, Spain, the UK and the US, according to the Irish Tax Institute.

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USI calls on Government to reduce college registration fee

USI calls on Government to reduce college registration fee

University students are today calling for the current registration fee to be reduced, to reflect the improved economic situation.

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