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# Budget 2012

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Government admits defeat on upward-only rent reviews
The government formally abandons legislation to abolish upward-only rent reviews, citing conflicts with the Constitution.
Let us know: What do you think of the Budget?
So now that we’ve heard the entire Budget, what do you think? Was it better or worse than you’d expected?
In pictures: Day 2 of Budget 2012
How the day has unfolded in pictures…
Budget 2012: What's contributors are saying brings you contributions from a huge range of people. We asked some of them to give their opinions on the Budget – and here’s what they said…
Budget 2012 liveblog
Join us for live video and text commentary, as Michael Noonan tells us how he plans to raise €1.6bn in extra taxes next year.
Budget 2012: Who exactly has to pay the €100 Household Charge?
The new Household Charge is one of the most controversial proposals in the Budget – but who exactly is going to have to pay the new €100 charge?
Budget 2012: Criticism for ‘tokenistic’ 25c hike on pack of 20 cigarettes
Budget 2012 will add an extra 25c to the price of a packet of 20 cigarettes, though alcohol excise is unchanged for now.
Gallery: how Twitter reacted to day two of Budget 2012
Here’s how the Twittersphere saw part two of the budget announcement…
Budget 2012: Fuel tax increases 'will affect almost all households and businesses'
AA Roadwatch warns that fuel tax increases are going to take a toll on both business and families, particularly in rural areas.
Budget 2012: Help for first-time buyers - but it 'won't solve real problems'
Michael Noonan also confirmed the introduction of the widely expected €100 household charge.
Sinn Féin TD tweets Budget 2012 measures before they're announced
As Michael Noonan began to deliver his speech in the Dáil chamber, Jonathan O’Brien was already delivering the news on cigarettes, the USC, and other tax rises.
Column: I will vote against the government on the Budget tonight - here's why
Labour Party TD Patrick Nulty will be voting against the government and his party over the Budget. Here, in an exclusive piece for, he explains why he disagrees with this ‘unjust’ approach.
Nulty to vote against Budget - 40 days after becoming a Labour TD
The Dáil’s newest member says he will vote against the Budget, saying the household charge and VAT hike are “deeply regressive”.
Here’s Michael Noonan’s Budget 2012 speech… as a word cloud
A pictorial representation of Michael Noonan’s Budget 2012 speech, as delivered to Dáil Éireann this afternoon.
Budget Day (pt 2) – the main points from Michael Noonan's announcement
Here are the main points of the taxation measures announced by the Minister for Finance in the Dáil today.
In full: Michael Noonan's Budget speech to the Dáil
The full text, as prepared in advance, of Michael Noonan’s Budget 2012 speech to the Dáil delivered this afternoon.
We could tell you about the Irish Secret Service budget, but then we'd have to kill you
One small part of the Budget hasn’t been touched this year: the secret service is retaining its €1m funding. SO what does it do?
Column: We had to make difficult cuts in the Budget - but these are extraordinary times
Social welfare spending has to be cut in order to balance the budget – but we can still protect the most vulnerable, says Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection.
Forget the cuts – here’s some Budget Day Budgies to lighten the mood
A little light relief amid all the doom and and gloom…
Changes to part-time jobseeker's payment will not benefit unemployed - INOU
The unemployed will not benefit from the changes to the way jobseeker’s payments are paid, the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed has said.
'Irish people deserve better': Budget comes under fire from Opposition leaders
Micheál Martin, Gerry Adams and Thomas Pringle have criticised the Government’s Budget measures in a series of televised addresses.
Column: This Budget will cut 15,000 jobs from our economy
Enda Kenny called it a ‘Budget for jobs’ – but the very opposite is the truth. We can expect dole lines to lengthen, writes Michael Taft.
Caption competition: What is Brendan Howlin saying?
In this picture, the Minister appears to be demonstrating something with his right hand as he announces the Budget…
The Daily Fix: Monday
In tonight’s Fix: All the latest from the Budget; good news for Ryan Tubridy; and the world’s Christmas capital (which you’ve never heard of…)
Let us know: What do you think of the Budget so far?
One Budget day down, one to go – and we’re looking for your thoughts about the proceedings so far…
Gardaí warn that station closures 'will change DNA of policing'
31 Garda stations will be closed as part of Budget cutbacks – a move that Gardaí say will destroy the ethos of community policing.
In numbers: the first half of Budget 2012
A numerical breakdown of where the government has cut €2.2 billion in spending,
In pictures: day one of Budget 2012
How the day has unfolded in pictures…
VHI warns premiums could jump 50 per cent over health reforms
Minister Howlin said the govt would seek to save €143m by improving “the generation and collection of private income in public hospitals”.
Gallery: how Twitter reacted to Budget 2012
Here’s how the Twittersphere saw part one of the Budget 2012 announcements…
Child benefit cut 'unfairly targets the most vulnerable'
Larger families – who are already more at risk of experiencing poverty – will bear the brunt of reductions to child benefit, a charity has warned.
Number of PRSI payments to qualify for widow's pension trebled
The govt is increasing the qualifying number of PRSI payments for a Widow(er)’s and the Surviving Civil Partner’s contributory pensions from 156 to 520.
Student registration fee to rise again by €250
The increase will have a serious impact on families across the country, the Union of Students in Ireland has warned.
Drug payment scheme threshold increase will hit families, says IPU
The government has announced a €13.644 budget for health in 2012 – and says the state must save €543 million on healthcare spending.
Budget 2012 (pt 1): the main points of Brendan Howlin’s announcement
Part one of Budget 2012 has been delivered by Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin, here’s what we’ve found out today.
Liveblog: Government ministers explain the Budget 2012 cuts in more detail
Joan Burton, James Reilly and Brendan Howlin are all giving press conferences now following part one of today’s Budget. Follow what they have to say here.
Here is Brendan Howlin's Budget 2012 announcement... in a word cloud
Brendan Howlin’s speech to the Dáil visualised in a word cloud…
In full: Brendan Howlin's Budget 2012 announcement
The documents announcing cuts to government expenditure have been published in full. Here it is…
Budget postgraduate cuts 'will push more onto the dole', say students
Maintenance grants will be axed for postgrad students – who have warned the move could end up costing more in welfare benefits.