Budget 2018

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.

Finance Minister called AIB chairman to discuss bank's inclusion in Paradise Papers

Update: Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has revealed he spoke to AIB chairman Richard Pym on Monday morning to discuss the bank's inclusion in the so-called Paradise Papers,

Government set for big defeat over women’s pension anomaly

The government is facing a big defeat in the Dáil tomorrow night over its failure to address a women’s pension anomaly in Budget 2018.

Donald Trump: 'I hear Ireland is reducing Corporation Tax to 8%'; Department says no

Donald Trump has said he has heard that Ireland is about to reduce its Corporation Tax rate to 8% from its current 12.5%.

Latest: I never created expectation of solving 'bonkers' pension anomaly for women, says Minister

Update 11.20am: Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said today that he never promised to fix the pension problem for women in the Budget.

Sinn Féin: Only 31 homes added to 2018 house building targets

The Government has been accused of only adding 31 homes to house building targets for next year.

People question Paschal Donohoe about #Budget18 measures

People have been questioning Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe on his Budget yesterday.

Budget 2018 will be greeted with indifference - Fianna Fáil

Budget 2018 is going to be greeted with indifference, according to Fianna Fáil who claim the billion euro plan benefited from their influence on Fine Gael.

#Budget18: Hard-working families set to be up to €600 a year better off

Hard-working families are set to be up to €600 a year better off on foot of tax breaks and spending increases announced in Budget 2018 by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe

#Budget18 analysis: No-drama budget does a little for everyone, but not enough

This was a milk and water budget. There was a little something for everybody but not enough to make much of a difference to anybody, writes Irish Examiner columnist, Michael Clifford.

'This is a budget of crumbs' and other great quotes of #Budget18 day

Paschal Donohoe stole most of the limelight and was on his feet in the Dail for nearly an hour but here’s some other notable quotes from Budget 2018.

#Budget18 case study: The coffee shop owner believes low paid workers will benefit

Ireland’s budget has served up some welcome news for low-paid workers, a coffee shop owner on the border has said.

Donohoe defends tax cuts despite growing pressures on public services

The Minister for Finance has defended his decision to reduce both USC rates and change tax bands so that fewer people will pay the top rate.

#Budget18: Low-paid workers will benefit from Budget, coffee shop owner says

Ireland's budget has served up some welcome news for low-paid workers, a coffee shop owner on the border has said.

#Budget18: The people of Cork have their say

We took to streets of Cork to see what people thought of today's Budget.

A budget of modest payback: #Budget18 at a glance

Ireland's working families and people on welfare are set to gain a fiver a week or more in a budget of modest payback.

#Budget18: Brexit loans scheme receives mixed reaction from business owners on border

Business owners along the Irish border have given a mixed reaction to the budget's loan scheme to help small companies weather Brexit.

#Budget18: Donohoe admits he could have splashed more cash, but did not want to repeat past mistakes

Pascal Donohoe has admitted he could have done more in today's Budget, but said he wanted to avoid the mistakes of the past.

#Budget18: Housing Minister aims to help 3,000 out of homeless next year

A new target of helping 3,000 people out of homelessness in 2018 has been set by the Housing Minister.

#Budget18 Case Study: Government still ignoring problem, says lone parent who beat homelessness

A lone parent who beat Ireland's mounting homelessness crisis and launched her university education has claimed the Government is still ignoring the problem.

Young guns in Fine Gael only offer qualified welcome to Paschal Donohoe's #Budget18

Young Fine Gael have only offered a qualified welcome to the budget announced by Minister Paschal Donohoe in the Dáil today.

#Budget18 Case Study: 80-year-old widow facing a 'long winter' for an extra €5

An 80-year-old widow who takes in a student lodger to help her feel more secure at home has accused the Government of putting pensioners on a waiting list.

#Budget18: Irish Tax Institute welcomes Budget measures for SMEs and entrepreneurs

The Irish Tax Institute has said today's Budget will allow SMEs ot innovate "at a time when they are more at risk and need to diversify".

#Budget18: Labour accuses Donohoe of a return to Charlie McCreevy economics

Labour TD Joan Burton has accused Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe of "travelling down the same path" as Charlie McCreevy's boom-time budgets in his financial plan for next year.

#Budget18: Government plans to mitigate Brexit fallout with multi-million euro loans scheme

TheGovernment's plan to mitigate against a looming Brexit is a multi-million euro loans scheme for small business.

#Budget18: Largest ever Education Budget brings more than 2,000 new teachers and special needs assistants

The Education Budget will increase by 5.8%, which equates to a €554m increase and more than €10bn in total spend.

#Budget18: Varadkar's new communications unit will cost the public €5m

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's claims his controversial strategic communications unit will cost the public nothing have been proven untrue after budget documents showed it will in fact cost €5m next year.

#Budget18 tax calculator: Find out what the budget means to you

Find out what Budget 2018 means for your pocket.

#Budget18 political reaction: Arts & Heritage left high and dry in Budget 2018: Fianna Fáil

As the political parties and Independents digest the measures announced in Budget 2018, we bring you their comments and reaction.

#Budget18: Fianna Fáil hits out at Government's plans

Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson Michael McGrath has hit out at the Government's retention of the help to buy scheme.

#Budget18: Everything you need to know

The Government has billed the country's new budget as a national response to new risks and opportunities.