Budget 18 set to focus on childcare, housing and tax cuts

The extension of free childcare services to thousands of toddlers, tax and USC cuts, across the board welfare rises, €5-10 more back in the pocket of most households and a new housing agency to kick-start property development will form the basis of the Government's budget announcements this afternoon.


Steady as we go, but pay gap is toxic - Setting budget expectations

The annual exercise of setting the mood and, most importantly, of limiting expectations around October’s budget is gathering pace. The steady-as-we-go mantra will be set long before the Dáil breaks up for summer.


Minster Donohoe to resist spending €3.2bn

The Government looks set to resist mounting political pressures to spend the full €3.2bn available to it in October’s budget.


State looks to pay down debt in budget

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the Government will not spend all of the €3.2bn available to it in October’s budget, but will instead pay down the national debt.