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# Budget 2012

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Five Sinn Féin TDs will not pay the household charge
There are now 14 TDs in total who will not pay the €100 charge when it comes into effect in the New Year.
Charity insists tenants should not be liable for household charge
A group representing landlords said its members would be forced to pass on the charge to tenants as TDs today outlined their reasons for not paying.
Opposition TDs outline plans for Household Charge boycott
Socialists and others have outlined a campaign where they will urge 1.6 million households not to register for the charge.
Column: The Government promised ‘war on quangos’ – so why are they creating new ones?
A whole new layer of bureaucracy is part of the Government’s fiscal plan, writes Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming.
Your best post-Budget 2012 money-saving tips
Over the weekend we asked you for your best tips on saving money over the coming year. Here’s a round-up of your top tips…
Ireland's economic growth forecast to hit just 1 per cent next year
Moody’s says that the fragility of the state’s economic recovery coupled with recent eurozone pressures mean growth won’t hit the govt target for 2012.
Budget 2012 will 'devastate' disadvantaged schools - INTO
The teachers’ union has said that disadvantaged schools will lose hundreds of teaching posts – which will instead be reallocated to schools in better off areas.
Open thread: what are your best money-saving tips?
Now that we know what’s in Budget 2012, we want you to share your best cash-scrimping advice with’s readers…
Column: Of course we have recession fatigue - with added VAT
Government ministers were falling over themselves in June to tell us that a VAT reduction for the hospitality sector would create jobs – so what do they reckon a VAT increase to 23 per cent elsewhere will do?
All community employment schemes under review, Minister confirms
Joan Burton said that schemes which “provide value for money” do not have “anything to fear” from the review.
Column: Cardinal Rules - On giving Brian Hayes a helping hand
This week, the (not) Primate of All Ireland reflects on the needy and vulnerable of Ireland, including members of Government who now have to subsist on only several thousand euro a week…
140 companies closed in the last 7 days
One of the dissolved businesses had been established just over 50 years ago…
Banker who suggests future NAMA sell-off appointed as advisory group chair
Michael Geoghegan is the former CEO of HSBC and will be the chair of the NAMA advisory group set up by the Minister for Finance earlier this week.
Two senators nominated by Enda Kenny critical of Budget 2012
Katherine Zappone has questioned ‘external pressure’ on the Government’s choice of cuts while Jillian van Turnhout says it was not a child-friendly document.
Column: The right choices - was this an Irish Budget?
Independent Senator Katherine Zappone argues that the Government succumbed to external pressure to put the requirements of the troika over greater collective recovery and sustainability.
TDs begin debating Budget 2012's social welfare cuts
The Social Welfare Bill 2011 will be voted on by TDs tomorrow – but former Labour TDs Penrose and Nulty have broken ranks again.
Poll: Should people be helped onto the property ladder?
Do you agree with the Government’s plans to boost mortgage interest relief? Let us know…
Explainer: Changes to mortgage interest relief
Finance Minister Michael Noonan has introduced changes to the mortgage interest relief available to buyers and home owners as part of next year’s Budget – but what does it mean?
Bishops urge government to abandon cuts to child benefit
At their winter meeting, the Irish Bishops’ Conference welcomes the U-turn on disability benefit – but remain concerned.
Bishops express concern over relations between Ireland and Vatican
In a statement, the Catholic bishops said: “A state’s foreign policy should include respect for the spiritual values of its citizens”.
Infographic of the day: Budget 2012
The VAT increase, the Household Charge, cigarettes and alcohol – get all of the main points of Budget 2012 in two rather nifty infographics.
Slideshow: Today's Budget 2012 front pages
From boosting the property market to fuel tax and VAT increases, check out what the front pages have to say about the Budget this morning.
Government "will revisit" Budget cut to disability allowance
Enda Kenny says the proposal to cut disability benefit for young people by up to €111 per week will be reviewed.
Budget 2012: What's already come into effect?
We have a quick look at the measures approved by the Dáil last night, and check which ones have come into effect already.
Winners and losers of Budget 2012: In pictures
There was plenty at stake in the austere Budget presented by Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan over the past two days. This slideshow will fill you in…
Poll: How do you feel after Budget 2012?
Do you feel more down in the dumps after Budget 2012 – or do you feel more relieved than you expected to? Tell us in our sentiment poll this morning…
Readers’ panel: How Budget 2012 has affected YOU
How is the Budget going to affect readers? We’ve asked a broad selection of readers what they think about the news from the past two days to find out.
'Secret' Anglo-Irish Treaty of 6 December 1921 now online
Today, the buzzwords are financial sovereignty. Exactly 90 years ago today, this treaty led to bitter war over Irish sovereignty.
Readers' Panel: Full-time carer
Ann Hughes had been concerned that Carer’s Allowance would be cut. The government left it alone – but there were other changes which will still affect her.
Readers' panel: Married with children
John, a father of five, says he’ll be hit hard by road tax and the cut in child benefit – and says that not enough is being done to support entrepreneurs.
Readers' Panel: Unemployed
Glyn Carragher is relieved that unemployment benefit hasn’t been cut – but is worried that the Government has taken no action on job creation.
Readers' Panel: Student
Budget 2012 has brought a €250 registration fee increase for third-level students, cut student grants by 3 per cent, and cut maintenance payments for new postgrad entrants.
Readers' Panel: Separated mother-of-four
Budget 2012 has seen cuts to child benefit for third and fourth children, changes to motor tax, and changes to the Universal Social Charge.
Readers' Panel: Single and working full time
Budget 2012 has seen an increase of 2 percentage points in VAT and an increase in tax on fuel.
GALLERY: A day of Budget protests at Leinster House
Various lobby and protest groups held demonstrations in Dublin today, to coincide with the Budget announcements. Here’s a sample.
Readers' panel: Small business owner
Con Traas owns a small business in south Tipperary and is concerned about the effect of the rise in VAT rate.
Budget 2012: Motor tax hike of 7.5 per cent for most vehicles
Wondering how much your car will cost you next year? Read on for the full extent of tax and fuel hikes…