Tuesday morning briefing: Budget 2017 will pass 'without drama'. Catch up on all the headlines

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on irishexaminer.com today.
Tuesday morning briefing: Budget 2017 will pass 'without drama'. Catch up on all the headlines

BUDGET 2017

Today’s budget will lead to improved health and education services and help the fight against crime, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said yesterday.

The €5 pension rise is set to be delayed until March and similar increases to widow, carer, disability, and blind supports may not occur until June as part of attempts to broker a budget deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

Those returning to education will benefit from a new €500 allowance under social protection measures being introduced as part of today’s budget.

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

IRELAND

The two men killed in a car accident in Canada over the weekend have been named locally as Raymond McCann and Cathal Murphy, both from Cork.

Former politicians owe the State €42,300 as a result of overpayments to pensions.

A new study has suggested that Ireland's young people are putting their health at risk by drinking sugar-sweetened drinks.

Giving older people the option to downsize could free up six years' supply of first-time buyer homes, according to a new report.

WORLD

Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence has emerged after a weekend out of the public eye to reaffirm his relationship with under-fire running mate Donald Trump.

The Australian opposition has blocked government plans for a public but non-binding vote on recognising gay marriage, arguing it would better if the issue was decided in Parliament.

SPORT

Wayne Rooney vowed to fight back from the bench as the England captain prepares to take his place among the substitutes in Slovenia.

Even though the Group D table tells the only tale that ultimately matters, Ireland have shipped a fair amount of critical flak from pundits and punters en route to going joint top with Serbia on the long road to Russia.

Waterford hurling icon Ken McGrath releases his autobiography this week. In this exclusive extract he reveals the heartbreak behind an All-Ireland semi-final defeat — and the lighter moments enjoyed away from the field.

Kerry starlet Mark O’Connor is ready to put his childhood dreams of All-Ireland glory in the green and gold to one side in a bid to become a professional sportsman in Australia.

OPINION

Today we will witness the county’s first opposition budget. Despite exaggerated protestations and insisting they have no ownership of the Budget 2017, today’s package divided up 2:1 between increased expenditure and tax reductions, has Fianna Fáil written all over it.

The revolutionary zeal surrounding Brexit may burn itself out but one thing is certain: The EU will have the upper hand in negotiations.

BUSINESS

The top-rated RTÉ documentary charting Conor McGregor’s rise as a UFC fighter helped RTÉ’s commercial arm to pre-tax profits of €4.4m and increased revenues in 2015, figures show.

Sterling resumed its decline as investors waited for clues about the cause of last week’s flash crash and on whether Britain is truly headed for a hard Brexit.

LIFESTYLE

Parents may be wishing they could delay thinking about the C-word, but there are already toy ads on the radio and decorations have hit the shelves.

SHOWBIZ

Sandi Toksvig – comedian, TV presenter and avid campaigner for women’s equality – says it’s “absurd” if she is not receiving the same pay cheque as Stephen Fry for hosting the BBC’s comedy quiz show QI.

VIRAL

While the clash of the Democratic and Republican titans was taking place in front of the world, it was a member of the audience, Kenneth Bone, who rose above all others to become Twitter's champion.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

It was a close call for the crew of a small fishing boat in West Cork recently when a much larger boat steamrollered passed them with just a whisker of space keeping them safe.

TECHNOW

GAMING: 

The Mass Effect story of Shepard and his/her crew ended back in April 2013 with the arrival of the last DLC pack, but this universe isn't done yet.

MOVIE/TV: Storks is a new movie from Warner Animation, the folks who brought you the hilarity of The Lego Movie.

TECHNOLOGY: We’ve been spending some time with the Sony Xperia XZ, settle in for a deep dive into the class leading camera.

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