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EU signals end to austerity, calls for more spending; finds Ireland 'broadly compliant'

The EU has called for an end to austerity and is now recommending an increase in government spending across Europe.

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Childcare providers face 'major challenge' putting Budget 2017 plans in place

Childcare providers say they need extra money to make the Government's childcare schemes work.

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Leo Varadkar announces date for €5 rise in social welfare benefits

The €5 increase in the State pension will begin from Friday, March 10.

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Government scheme for first-time buyers 'could end up as subsidy for builders'

The head of the Central Bank has criticised the Government's scheme for first-time buyers - saying it could end up serving only as a subsidy for builders.

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Michael Noonan announces change to help-to-buy scheme, but leaves out Fianna Fáil demands

A change to the help-to-buy scheme announced in the budget has been revealed in the Finance Bill.

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Social Protection Minister confirms when Christmas bonus will be paid

Leo Varadkar has also confirmed he is working to ensure that the €5 welfare increase is paid as early as possible in March.

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Simon Coveney 'not convinced' about lower cap for help-to-buy scheme

There are concerns that changes to the help-to-buy scheme will not stop house prices rising.

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Minister expected to announce changes to first-time buyers scheme

Minister Michael Noonan is expected to announce wide scale changes to the help-to-buy scheme today.

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Health Minister Harris: 'No intention' of taking €4,000 pay increase

The Health Minister Simon Harris has said he intends to turn down a €4,000 pay rise.

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Govt restores incremental credit meaning at least €1k pay rise for thousands of nurses

Nurses who graduated between 2011 and 2015 will be more than €1,000 better off from January 1 next year.

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Zappone 'may try to extend childcare subsidies to family minders'

The Government is coming under pressure to extend the childcare plans announced in Tuesday's Budget.

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Fianna Fáil to abstain from vote on new help-to-buy scheme

Fianna Fáil has said it will abstain from a vote on the new help-to-buy scheme which would offer a €20,000 tax rebate to first time buyers on newly- built homes.

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Donohue to ask Ministers to forego €12,000 pay boost after public backlash

It seems that Government Ministers will not be getting a pay rise out of the Budget after all.

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Budget 2017 measures prompt spike in online searches for new homes

There has been a spike in new home searches on the housing website Daft.ie.

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New subsidy designed to help regulate childcare industry, says Minister

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has said that says the new childcare subsidy announced in the Budget is a response to the number of unregulated providers.

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Somebody won €500,000 in the Budget Day EuroMillions draw

This winner won't be too worried about yesterday's changes to the USC…

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Ministers defend TDs' €2,700 pay hike in Budget 2017

The Government has defended salary hikes for TDs amid Budget 2017 reforms which offered most people €5 extra a week.

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GPs think they got less attention than sheep in Budget 2017

General Practice members in the Irish Medical Organisation have denounced the "lack of support" for them in Budget 2017.

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Leo Varadkar believes the Help-To-Buy Scheme is worth the risk of house price rises

A Cabinet minister says it is worth risking higher property prices in order to help out first-time buyers.

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Tánaiste 'confident' Budget 2017 doesn't breach EU rules

The Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald has defended Budget 2017 as "prudent" and "careful".

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Minister hints at 'credits for nurses' in effort to attract more to Ireland

The Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has hinted that a deal could be reached in the near future to attract more nurses into the Irish health system.

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Irish Fiscal Advisory Council warns Govt's Budget spending 'to breach EU rules'

There is a warning this morning about the higher-than-expected spending increases in Budget 2017.

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Price of cigarettes to go up by 50c at midnight tonight

The price of twenty cigarettes will go up by 50 cent at midnight after the Dáil gave its approval tonight.

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Kenny suggests he plans to oversee at least another budget

Taoiseach Enda Kenny suggested he plans to stay in place as leader until at least October 2018 to oversee at least another budget.

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INMO: €457m increase not enough to revive health service

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) has said they think the increase of €457m is not enough to expand and develop existing and new services across the country.

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Budget will send shoppers North, says Dundalk trader

A border trader has predicted three-hour queues of shoppers heading for Northern Ireland after a missed-opportunity budget.

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Up to €8,000 in childcare subsidy for families earning less than €47,500

Families who take home less than €47,500 a year will be entitled to up to €8,000 in subsidies if their child aged six months to 15 years is in care for 40 hours a week.

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Help-to-buy scheme will drive up house prices, critics warn

A help-to-buy scheme for first time house-hunters will only ramp up property prices and line the pockets of developers, critics have claimed.

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Varadkar: 'I didn't have the money for January increase'

The social protection minister says it wouldn't have been fair to give pensioners another increase this year and give nothing to other welfare recipients.

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Budget calculator: How #Budget2017 will affect you

Wondering what the Budget 2017 bottom line is for you and your family?

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Budget comment: Well done if you're a young parent, low earner buying your first home

Are you a young parent on a low to middle income who intends to buy your first new home? If so, then congratulations - you are officially a budget winner.

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Dublin pensioner, 83, says modest Budget payback will go to his grandchildren

An 83-year-old former lecturer and human resources manager has said the modest payback he is being offered in Budget 2017 will go straight on his six grandchildren.

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Budget 2017 political reaction: Home buyers grant 'blocks low-paid'

5.10pm: The Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed the €2.54bn funding announced in Budget 2017 for Justice which means, among other things, an extra 800 Garda recruits.

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Budget boost from cradle to grave; Youngest and oldest to benefit

A new childcare package and an increase in the State pension means the youngest and eldest in the country will benefit under Budget 2017 writes political reporter Elaine Loughlin.

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Workers will be better off by up to €350 a year after USC cuts

The majority of workers will be better off by between €200 and €350 a year after Finance Minister Michael Noonan confirmed 0.5% cuts to the lowest three universal social charge rates, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith of the Irish Examiner.

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Budget: Largest ever budget for health

An extra €497m is to be pumped into Health next year with measures for older people and those with disabilities included in Budget 2017 writes Irish Examiner Political Reporter Elaine Loughlin.

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Early childcare funding to rise 35% to €465m

Early years funding will rise to €465m in 2017, an increase of 35%, supporting universal and targeted services.

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Budget's 'economic shock absorbers' to reduce Brexit impact

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has announced a raft of measures in its €1.3bn Budget to deal with the Brexit fallout.

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Noonan to crack down on off-shore tax evasion

A new "strict liability criminal offence" to prosecute serious cases of tax evasion has been announced by Finance Minister Michael Noonan in his Budget 2017 speech, writes Elaine Loughlin.

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Sugar tax to come into effect in 2018; cigarettes up 50c

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has announced a tax on sugar sweetened drink to come into effect in April 2018.

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Budget: Wins for first time buyers, landlords and homeowners

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has announced details of the new package to help first time buyers who purchase new homes up to the value of €600,000 Writes Irish Examiner Political reporter Elaine Loughlin.

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Budget 2017 reaction: KPMG Ireland hails 'cautious and prudent' budget

Latest: The tax consultancy firm, KPMG Ireland, have called the Government's Budget "cautious and prudent".

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Budget 2017: Everything you need to know

Here are the main points of the Budget from the Dáil and from the press briefings giving more detail.

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I'm just going to have to take a hit on cigarette price hike, says Finian McGrath

The price of a pack of 20 cigarettes is expected to rise by at least 30 cent after today's Budget announcement.

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Budget 2017 reaction: 'We are seeing a re-run of vintage old politics,' says Sinn Féin

Update 12.15pm: Sinn Féin has accused Government of repeating boom-time economic mistakes amid widespread reports it is set to cut taxes, introduce property tax incentives and hand out "concessions" to coalition parties in a bid to buy voter support, writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith of the Irish Examiner.

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Latest: Health Minister Simon Harris welcomes expected rise in cigarette price

Update 11.30am: There is expected to be a 50 cent hike in the price of cigarettes, bringing the standard price of a packet of 20 to €11.

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Government urged to increase funding for farm schemes in Budget

Farmers are urging the Government to demonstrate its commitment to rural Ireland in today's Budget.

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Noonan: Budget 2017 will pass 'without drama'

The minority Government will unveil its first Budget today with a tax and spending package of more than €1bn.

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Noonan prepares to deliver Budget 'without dramas'

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has predicted no dramas as he prepares to unveil his latest Budget.

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AAA/PBP go after big business in their 'radical' alternative budget

The Anti Austerity Alliance, People Before Profit have published what they say is a radical alternative budget.

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Michael Noonan: Budget 2017 will see more spending than tax cuts

The Minister fro Finance, Michael Noonan, has said tomorrow's budget will be focussed on increases in public expenditure more so than tax breaks for "squeezed middle" income earners.

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Threshold makes three recommendations to fight homelessness ahead of Budget 2017

Housing charity Threshold has called for a plan for the private rental sector to prevent families from becoming homeless.

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Budget 2017: Independent Alliance forced to drop key issues on wish list

Independent Alliance ministers have dropped demands to abolish prescription charges and increase the fuel allowance in the budget, writes Juno McEnroe of the Irish Examiner.

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Martin accuses Leo Varadkar of allowing leadership ambitions interfere with planning the Budget

Leo Varadkar has been accused of allowing his leadership ambitions for Fine Gael to affect next week's Budget.

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Varadkar warns not all Social Welfare payments will see rises in the Budget

The Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has warned that it will not be possible to deliver on all demands for increases in social welfare payments in Budget 2017.

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Budget planning 'like taking a penalty kick with the goal posts moving'

Fianna Fáil say trying to plan a budget with this government is like taking a penalty kick with the goal posts moving.

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Fianna Fáil against delayed introduction of Budget measures

Fianna Fáil says it will not accept a major delay in increases to welfare payments like the state pension.

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Brendan Howlin: Proposed tax cuts would 'barely cover the cost of a cup of coffee'

Former government partners Labour have left out income tax cuts and a first time buyers grant in their alternative budget proposals, writes Juno McEnroe of the Irish Examiner.

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Retail Ireland calls for easing of tax burden in upcoming Budget

Retail Ireland is calling on the Government to ease the tax burden in the Budget.

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