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It has been reported that today’s Budget will include funding to extend the Government’s free GP-care scheme to include children under 12.

USC rates will be altered, with the top rate cut by 1.5 percentage points bringing it from 7% to 5.5%; the middle from 3.5% to 3%; and the lower from 1.5% to 1%.

The bands will also be changed slightly as the lowest paid will pay the levy only after earning about €13,000 as opposed to the €12,012 as it currently stands.

This is also being done to help those on the minimum wage which is being increased by 50 cent to €9.15.

Keep up to date with all the latest news, views and analysis of the upcoming budget right here in our Budget 2016 Special page.


A State funeral for Garda Tony Golden is set to take place on Thursday. He was shot dead as he attended the scene of a domestic incident in Omeath, Co Louth on Sunday.

Books of Condolence for the families and friends of the victims of the Carrickmines fire are being opened by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council today. Investigators are continuing their efforts to establish the cause of the blaze, which claimed 10 lives.

A father whose 16 year old son died, has said the most difficult time for bereaved parents is immediately after the death. Anam-Cara: a support organisation for bereaved parents, has launched an information pack for those who have lost children.


The cousin of a woman killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 said that the official investigation into the cause of the disaster last year has concluded that a Buk missile downed the plane.

A 62-year-old recreational hunter lost in a hot and arid region of the Australian Outback survived without water for six days - by eating ants. Police said Reg Foggerdy left a car driven by his brother last Wednesday in pursuit of a camel in the Great Victoria Desert in Western Australia state.

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