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We're halfway through corrections since 2008, says Cowen
Taoiseach discusses the government’s four year plan, and dismisses Fianna Fáil TD Sean Power’s claims he will step down before next general election.
Four year plan includes tax hikes, VAT increase and huge spending cuts
The four year plan is here – and it’s not going to be pretty. Social welfare will be savaged, with big income tax hikes.
Government announces new "site value tax" from 2012
Four year plan unveils property tax will which apply to some 1.8m households.
Former junior minister 'expects Cowen to resign' after Budget
Kildare TD Seán Power tells his local radio station he understands Cowen will go as soon as the Budget is delivered.
Poll: Which do you want to happen first: the Budget or an election?
Is it more important to have the budget passed first, or to appoint a government with a new mandate?
Kenny asks government to bring forward Budget
Enda Kenny says the Dáíl could pass a slimmed-down Budget allowing for a quick election – but Cowen says no.
Labour and Fine Gael clash over €6bn cuts
Both parties have called for a snap election – but can’t agree on how to impose cuts now that the IMF are on the scene.
Brian Cowen's statement in full
The full text of the statement delivered by Brian Cowen outside the Government Buildings this evening.
Cowen: Government to be dissolved in the New Year
Taoiseach has no plans to resign, saying that passing the Budget is the greatest issue facing the country at this time.
Fianna Fáil ministers meet after Greens call for election
Emergency meeting being held after Green Party pushes for general election and two Independent TDs threaten the Budget.
In pictures: Ireland’s day of economic and political turmoil
A bailout announced, a government collapsing, a department stormed… it’s been quite a day. Here’s our gallery.
Budget in crisis: Lowry and Healy-Rae say support is "unlikely"
The two Independent TDs who give the government its Dáil majority say their support can’t be counted on any more.
Spanish bank chief says Irish crisis 'unfounded'
Not only that, but all our fears will vanish when the government announces its budget plans, says Fernandez Ordonez.
Workers turn down €15/hr to stay on benefits
The state’s business advisory reports that unemployed couples are better off on the Dole than taking part-time hours.
Lowry lays gauntlet as Ó Cuív says pensions may be cut
Éamon Ó Cuív says nothing is safe in next month’s Budget – while Michael Lowry says a pension cut won’t pass the Dáil.
Rehn: €15bn Budget cuts programme could be revised
The European Commissioner says the four-year cuts target laid down by the EU could be tinkered with.
What they're saying about Olli Rehn's visit
A round-up of international coverage on EU Commissioner Rehn’s visit to Ireland.
Rehn repeats mantra that Ireland will lose low tax
The European Commissioner repeats his assertion that Ireland will simply have to raise tax rates in order to survive.
EU economics chief arrives for two-day budget talks
Olli Rehn will meet with the Minister for Finance today to discuss the upcoming budget.
Hey! Brian! Leave those OAPs alone
Finance Minister Brian Lenihan warned that the Greens, some FF backbenchers and independents won’t support cuts to the State pension.
Fine Gael won't support government over budget: Kenny
Enda Kenny says the government faces problems passing the Budget as he presents his party’s plan for running the country.
Budget could hinge on pension cuts, say backbenchers
Government backbenchers warn they won’t support budget next month if cuts to state pension are included.
No 'mass emigration' despite 100,000 leaving - Cowen
We’re “not going back” to the days of the 1980s – despite government projections of 100,000 leaving by 2014.
Bond markets unmoved by €6bn budget package
The cost of Irish borrowing remains largely flat in spite of the government’s Budget announcements.
Lenihan's "intense" meeting with FF backbenchers
Brian Lenihan is seen in “intense” discussions with several TDs known to oppose Brian Cowen’s party leadership.
Running out of road - but at least Olli Rehn's happy
The international reaction to the Bloodbath Budget calls – it’s going to be tough, but Brussels seems pleased.
Bloodbath Budget: Government will seek €6 billion adjustments and foresees massive emigration
€4.5bn in spending cuts and €1.5bn in new taxes coming your way – with 100,000 expected to leave Ireland before 2014.
Lenihan tells BBC we still have 'severe difficulties'
The Finance Minister tells the British broadcaster that there’s good points and bad about the Irish economy.
Exchequer figures reveal tax receipts ahead of schedule
Ireland raised €24.7bn in tax in the ten months up to October 31 – 1% higher than was expected.
Budget Day will still be December 7, says Cowen
Lowry 'yet to decide' on whether to support Budget
One of the two independent TDs the government needs for its majority says the Budget is in ‘serious danger’ of defeat.
Ireland has "a month to stop bailout" - UCD economist
First Colm McCarthy, now Karl Whelan says the movements in bond markets leave Ireland on the brink of default.
Greens to draw Reg Fee lines at €2,500
The fractious discussions on a new registration fee may lead to compromise within the government parties.
Primary schools face larger class sizes and fewer special needs teachers
Dept of Finance considering education cuts ranging from abolishing Transition Year, to introducing bus charges for special needs pupils.
Sinn Féin proposes 48% tax rate for Budget
The first of the pre-Budget submissions proposes €5.8bn in adjustments, including €4bn in new taxes.
Government tensions over doubling of third-level registration fees
Fianna Fáil reported to be considering raising registration fees by another €1,500, which the USI says will force more students out of education.