Government unlikely to heed sage external advice

As hard as it is to believe, we are now in the run-in to Budget 2020, which will be presented in the early days of October.

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Fiscal Council warns Government over reliance on corporation tax

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council says a return to normal levels of corporation tax could wipe €3.6bn off the annual tax take.

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Government announce unexpected €100m Budget surplus

There was an unexpected Budget surplus of €100m last year.

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ESRI: Budget 2019 will hit lower income homes harder

Budget 2019 will hit lower-income households harder than those with higher earnings, according to the latest report from the Economic and Social Research Institute.

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'We have to study what they say' - Finance Minister reacts to council's criticism of Budget

The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has defended his budget in the face of criticism from the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council.

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Budget criticised by IFAC: Spending money we don’t have

A government budget is always about managing expectations, economically, politically, and socially.

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Comment: ‘Prudent’ budget was anything but that

In the foreword to his department’s key pre-budget economic forecasts in June, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said he was determined to follow a “prudent” path because pumping up spending “in an economy at full employment entails risks”. The Summer Economic Statement, which was published four months before the budget, uses the word “prudent” a further nine times.

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Finance Minister defends size of allocation to 'Rainy Day Fund'

The Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has been criticised for not allocating enough money to the 'Rainy Day Fund'.

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Central Bank sought ‘more ambitious’ budget

The Government could have done more to build up buffers for the hard times but this week’s budget was “balanced” that hadn’t fuelled demand in a fast-growing economy.

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Higher earners gain 10 times more than lower paid

Higher income earners gained 10 times as much as low earners in Budget 2019, that’s according to anti-poverty group Social Justice Ireland (SJI).

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Leo Varadkar backs ‘responsible, caring’ budget

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said Budget 2019 is “a responsible budget for a modern and caring Ireland that aims to be at the centre of a changing world”.

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Fianna Fáil leader: ‘No party has a divine right to power’

Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin has rejected Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s demand that talks to extend the confidence and supply agreement be concluded by Halloween.

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Practical realities stand in the way of a pre-Christmas election

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil TDs may have to put up with their loveless confidence and supply marriage for a while longer, writes Political Correspondent Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.

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Budget 2019 does nothing to tackle entrenched inequality

Budget 2019 fails to make any notable impact on Ireland’s entrenched inequalities and fails to tackle any of the major challenges the country currently faces, according Social Justice Ireland's Sean Healy.

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Sinn Féin claims renters being left out in cold in budget

Opposition parties have been highly critical of Fine Gael’s housing spend.

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Early deal to avoid winter general election would provide stability, says Donohoe

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said it was important to achieve political certainty in advance of Brexit.

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Fianna Fáil say confidence and supply negotiations cannot be rushed

The Justice Minister has warned that a general election will be triggered if the two parties cannot agree to extend the deal.

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#Budget19: Tourism VAT increase approved, Donohoe defends carbon tax decision

The Justice Minister insists the increase in VAT in the hospitality sector will not "see the sky falling in".

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Cormac Kelleher: Lack of action to address pensions a significant oversight

Failure to address pensions was a significant oversight.

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Nick Charalambous: Very little done to help entrepreneurs

While other commentators in this supplement will have given a broader scope of the budget changes, this article will focus specifically on how the budget may help those people who work for themselves in a self-employed or limited company capacity.

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Lorraine Higgins: Opportunity lost despite some benefit for retail

Budget 2019 does a little for a lot, but the opportunity has been lost to deliver adequate targeted supports for the largest private industry employer in Ireland — retail.

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Eamon Quinn: Splurge after finding €1bn down the back of the sofa

Making a virtue of finding €1bn down the back of the sofa and seeking to secure political gain by using the bulk of the cash to shore up an out-of-control health service spending, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe is getting away with the oldest of political strokes.

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#Budget19: Extra funds to build and buy social housing

An extra 10,000 council homes are to be added to the social housing supply next year through a combination of new builds, purchases, and long-term leasing — despite criticisms that leases should not count as additional stock.

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#Budget19: Hospital capacity deficits unresolved

Family doctors and hospital consultants are warning that Budget 2019 does not address capacity deficits and will lead to longer waiting times to see GPs and more widespread cancellation of surgery in public acute hospitals.

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Charleville a small town with big hopes reflects on #Budget19

Charleville is braced for change but hopes for some breaks, writes Joe Leogue

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#Budget19: Hard calls dodged in election bid

They funked it. With the voices of constituency returning officers ringing in their ears the Government dropped the modest plan, flagged by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in August, to increase carbon taxes. That they took this path of least resistance the day after the world was warned of what will happen if we don’t wake up to climate change means the charge of stupid short-termism can be added to the charge of long-term cowardice.

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Temptation to overheat economy has been avoided

At a time of considerable macroeconomic uncertainty (Brexit, US tax reform, EU tax reform) Finance Minister Pascal Donoghue has produced a (virtually) balanced budget and has avoided the temptation to overheat the economy through tax cuts, writes Mike Sheehan

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If it looks like an election budget...

PRUDENT Paschal? “More like Profligate Paschal” was the charge about his third budget, writes Political Editor, Daniel McConnell

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#Budget19: The day in quotes

Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI)

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In reality, it was a giveway budget — a little taste for all

Pascal Donohoe is an inclusive kind of a guy. He wraps his arms around all and sundry in his pronouncements on governance. Hence in yesterday’s budget speech we heard more than once about “our country”, and “our people” and “our children”. It’s no doubt heartfelt but also works well as a political tool. We’re all in this together, you, me, the butcher, baker and candlestick maker. And there is something for everybody in the audience.

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#Budget19 prioritised private landlords over homes for families

The Government has failed again to address housing needs, writes Colette Bennett.

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Taoiseach issues Halloween deadline to Martin to agree on new confidence and supply deal

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has set Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin a Halloween deadline to agree to a new confidence and supply deal until 2020 - or face a snap general election.

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Budget case study: Retailers call for ‘level playing field’

A jeweller said the Government had ‘missed a trick’ in its annual financial package.

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Micheál Martin to call Taoiseach to discuss confidence and supply deal

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says he will be ringing the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar tonight to discuss the confidence and supply arrangement.

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#Budget19: Case studies

The Government has unveiled Budget 2019 which involves spending of more than €66bn next year.

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Increased capital spending in Budget 2019 welcomed by ISME

The increased capital spending announced in today's Budget has been welcomed by the Irish SME Association, ISME.

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Here's a summary of the Budget funds allocated for post-Brexit inspections

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe announced more than €110m for Brexit-related measures across a number of departments.

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Homeless mother-of-two says landlords' tax break in Budget adds 'insult to injury'

A mother of two who spent 14 months in emergency homeless accommodation said the package offered ‘plenty of spin and no substance’.

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Funding increase of €3.5m for Data Protection Commission in Budget 2019

Today's Budget 2019 announcement included a funding increase of €3.5m for the Data Protection Commission (DPC) which will allow the office to recruit 40 additional staff.

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Budget case study: Border firms facing Brexit ‘should be given greater leeway on financial aid’

Dundalk small businessman Paddy Malone said loans available from Government were being restricted to new business practices.

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#Budget19 reaction: Budget shows some promise for older people but does not go far enough, says ALONE

Following today's Budget 2019 announcement, ALONE has welcomed the increase to the state pension.

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Budget Case Study: Family better off by €400

For family of three Anna Forde, David Hosty, and their 16-month-old baby girl Henrietta, Budget 2019 means modest change, when what they would really have benefited from were big changes in childcare.

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Irish Exporters Association: Budget shows more action needed to prepare for a potential no-deal Brexit

The Irish Exporters Association has cautiously welcomed today's budget delivered by Paschal Donohoe.

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This is where the Budget's social welfare package will be spent

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, has outlined where the €20.5bn social welfare package will be spent next year.

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Budget case study: Hairdressers warn of jobs threat posed by hike in VAT rates

A salon owner in north Dublin has said the government’s VAT hike will discourage others from opening their own businesses.

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Resignation 'out of the question' for Shane Ross while Independent Alliance convinced of 'commitment' on granny flat grant

The Independent Alliance has been forced to admit its high-profile granny flat grant win in budget 2019, in reality, amounts to just one home and a general Fine Gael promise to "review" the scheme that is not written down in any document.

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Watch: 'All that matters is trying to deliver better outcomes for people' says Donohoe on #Budget19

The Irish Examiner Political Editor Daniel McConnell spoke with Mr Donohoe about some of the major elements revealed in Budget 2019.

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USI: 'This is a 'no budget' budget for students'

Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has said it is frustrated by today's Budget saying students have been ignored.

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How will the Budget 2019 affect you? Find out with our Budget calculator, provided by KPMG

Find out what Budget 2019 means for you with our Budget calculator, provided by KPMG.

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#Budget19: 'If Leos’s choir cheers it like an election budget, well then it is an election budget', says Burton

Labour's Joan Burton has said that while listening to Paschal Donohoe delivering today's budget it was former minister Charlie McCreevy that she was reminded of "as if we were back to the grand old days".

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Gambling sector says it will lose its shirt after Budget betting tax increase

A representative for the Irish gambling sector has said the industry will be “annihilated” after Tuesday’s budget announcement.

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#Budget19 a step in right direction for business: Deloitte

A measured step in the right direction but the exit tax for businesses applicable from midnight tonight may surprise some, according to Pádraig Cronin, Tax Partner and Vice Chairman at Deloitte,

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Minister outlines what increased Health budget will be spent on in 2019

Health Minister Simon Harris has said the increased funding for health in 2019 will be focused on Sláintecare, increased investment in GP services, more funding for tackling waiting lists and assistance for families with the cost of doctor visits and medicines.

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Lack of carbon tax in Budget 2019 'a disaster', says eco coalition

“The increase in carbon tax was the only new climate policy measure under consideration. The fact that it’s now off the table is a disaster for an already-failing climate policy regime."

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Here’s some of the funnier things that Twitter had to say on #Budget19

People have been taking twitter to give their reaction to the government's new budget

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Newsbrands Ireland welcome VAT move in #Budget19 as 'step in right direction'

NewsBrands Ireland - the representative body for all national newspapers, print and online – welcomes the Budget 2019 announcements for the sector from the Minister for Finance, Mr Paschal Donohoe.

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Budget sets aside cash to deal with ‘challenge of generation’ from Brexit

It is the third and final budget under the confidence-and-supply agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.

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Restaurants association calls for Minister to resign after VAT u-turn

The Restaurants Association of Ireland has called on Tourism Minister Shane Ross to resign over the hotel VAT hike u-turn, saying he has "consistently failed" the sector.

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Here's your #Budget19 summary as Minister announces spending of €66.5bn

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has announced spending plans totalling €66.5bn for 2019.

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