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#Budget 2012

# budget-2012 - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

Let us know: What do you think of the Budget?
# Open Thread
# Open Thread

Let us know: What do you think of the Budget?

Dec 6th 2011, 8:10 PM 2,532 Views 81 Comments

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
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# Budget 2012

In pictures: Day 2 of Budget 2012

Dec 6th 2011, 7:46 PM 1,172 Views 1 Comment

How the day has unfolded in pictures…

Budget 2012: What TheJournal.ie's contributors are saying
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# Budget 2012

Budget 2012: What TheJournal.ie's contributors are saying

Dec 6th 2011, 7:44 PM 2,025 Views 6 Comments

TheJournal.ie 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…

As it happened: Budget 2012 liveblog
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# Budget 2012

As it happened: Budget 2012 liveblog

Dec 6th 2011, 7:09 PM 14,539 Views 32 Comments

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?
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# Budget 2012

Budget 2012: Who exactly has to pay the €100 Household Charge?

Dec 6th 2011, 7:02 PM 16,951 Views 151 Comments

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
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# Budget 2012

Budget 2012: Criticism for ‘tokenistic’ 25c hike on pack of 20 cigarettes

Dec 6th 2011, 6:38 PM 6,680 Views 34 Comments

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
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# Budget 2012

Gallery: how Twitter reacted to day two of Budget 2012

Dec 6th 2011, 6:14 PM 1,876 Views 2 Comments

Here’s how the Twittersphere saw part two of the budget announcement…

Budget 2012: Fuel tax increases 'will affect almost all households and businesses'
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# Budget 2012

Budget 2012: Fuel tax increases 'will affect almost all households and businesses'

Dec 6th 2011, 6:12 PM 4,148 Views 14 Comments

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'
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# Budget 2012

Budget 2012: Help for first-time buyers - but it 'won't solve real problems'

Dec 6th 2011, 5:57 PM 4,258 Views 5 Comments

Michael Noonan also confirmed the introduction of the widely expected €100 household charge.

Sinn Féin TD tweets Budget 2012 measures before they're announced
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# Budget 2012

Sinn Féin TD tweets Budget 2012 measures before they're announced

Dec 6th 2011, 5:46 PM 3,176 Views 23 Comments

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
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# Opinion

Column: I will vote against the government on the Budget tonight - here's why

Dec 6th 2011, 5:35 PM 31 Views 97 Comments

Labour Party TD Patrick Nulty will be voting against the government and his party over the Budget. Here, in an exclusive piece for TheJournal.ie, he explains why he disagrees with this ‘unjust’ approach.

Nulty to vote against Budget - 40 days after becoming a Labour TD
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# Budget 2012

Nulty to vote against Budget - 40 days after becoming a Labour TD

Dec 6th 2011, 5:18 PM 2,580 Views 47 Comments

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
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# Budget 2012

Here’s Michael Noonan’s Budget 2012 speech… as a word cloud

Dec 6th 2011, 4:42 PM 1,970 Views 6 Comments

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
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# Budget 2012

Budget Day (pt 2) – the main points from Michael Noonan's announcement

Dec 6th 2011, 4:40 PM 14,961 Views 90 Comments

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
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# Budget 2012

In full: Michael Noonan's Budget speech to the Dáil

Dec 6th 2011, 4:34 PM 3,147 Views 7 Comments

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
# Secret Service
From The Daily Edge
# Secret Service

We could tell you about the Irish Secret Service budget, but then we'd have to kill you

Dec 6th 2011, 1:14 PM 8,945 Views 25 Comments

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?

The 9 at 9: Tuesday
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# 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

Dec 6th 2011, 8:31 AM 3,998 Views 9 Comments

Nine things you should know this morning…

Column: We had to make difficult cuts in the Budget - but these are extraordinary times
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# Opinion

Column: We had to make difficult cuts in the Budget - but these are extraordinary times

Dec 6th 2011, 7:30 AM 10 Views 101 Comments

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
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From The Daily Edge
# For The Birds

Forget the cuts – here’s some Budget Day Budgies to lighten the mood

Dec 6th 2011, 7:15 AM 1,920 Views 14 Comments

A little light relief amid all the doom and and gloom…

Changes to part-time jobseeker's payment will not benefit unemployed - INOU
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# Budget 2012

Changes to part-time jobseeker's payment will not benefit unemployed - INOU

Dec 6th 2011, 7:00 AM 3,063 Views 24 Comments

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.

# budget-2012 - Monday 5 December, 2011

'Irish people deserve better': Budget comes under fire from Opposition leaders
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# Budget12

'Irish people deserve better': Budget comes under fire from Opposition leaders

Dec 5th 2011, 10:13 PM 5,227 Views 67 Comments

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
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# Opinion

Column: This Budget will cut 15,000 jobs from our economy

Dec 5th 2011, 8:30 PM 10 Views 27 Comments

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?
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# Caption Competition

Caption competition: What is Brendan Howlin saying?

Dec 5th 2011, 8:22 PM 3,027 Views 90 Comments

In this picture, the Minister appears to be demonstrating something with his right hand as he announces the Budget…

The Daily Fix: Monday
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# Daily Fix

The Daily Fix: Monday

Dec 5th 2011, 7:54 PM 4,037 Views 0 Comments

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?
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# Open Thread

Let us know: What do you think of the Budget so far?

Dec 5th 2011, 7:00 PM 3,678 Views 96 Comments

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'
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# Budget 2012

Gardaí warn that station closures 'will change DNA of policing'

Dec 5th 2011, 6:51 PM 4,294 Views 26 Comments

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
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# Budget 2012

In numbers: the first half of Budget 2012

Dec 5th 2011, 6:14 PM 6,701 Views 43 Comments

A numerical breakdown of where the government has cut €2.2 billion in spending,

In pictures: day one of Budget 2012
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# Budget 2012

In pictures: day one of Budget 2012

Dec 5th 2011, 5:49 PM 2,988 Views 9 Comments

How the day has unfolded in pictures…

VHI warns premiums could jump 50 per cent over health reforms
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# Health Insurance

VHI warns premiums could jump 50 per cent over health reforms

Dec 5th 2011, 5:34 PM 2,772 Views 20 Comments

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
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# Budget 2012

Gallery: how Twitter reacted to Budget 2012

Dec 5th 2011, 5:10 PM 3,069 Views 8 Comments

Here’s how the Twittersphere saw part one of the Budget 2012 announcements…

Child benefit cut 'unfairly targets the most vulnerable'
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# Budget12

Child benefit cut 'unfairly targets the most vulnerable'

Dec 5th 2011, 5:07 PM 3,464 Views 64 Comments

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
# Pensions
# Pensions

Number of PRSI payments to qualify for widow's pension trebled

Dec 5th 2011, 4:56 PM 2,382 Views 2 Comments

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
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# Budget12

Student registration fee to rise again by €250

Dec 5th 2011, 4:07 PM 3,264 Views 36 Comments

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
# Health
# Health

Drug payment scheme threshold increase will hit families, says IPU

Dec 5th 2011, 4:05 PM 3,504 Views 13 Comments

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
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# Budget 2012

Budget 2012 (pt 1): the main points of Brendan Howlin’s announcement

Dec 5th 2011, 3:30 PM 13,427 Views 72 Comments

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
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# Budget 2012

Liveblog: Government ministers explain the Budget 2012 cuts in more detail

Dec 5th 2011, 3:21 PM 4,695 Views 10 Comments

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
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# Budget 2012

Here is Brendan Howlin's Budget 2012 announcement... in a word cloud

Dec 5th 2011, 3:18 PM 2,526 Views 4 Comments

Brendan Howlin’s speech to the Dáil visualised in a word cloud…

In full: Brendan Howlin's Budget 2012 announcement
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# Budget 2012

In full: Brendan Howlin's Budget 2012 announcement

Dec 5th 2011, 3:08 PM 4,616 Views 3 Comments

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
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# Budget12

Budget postgraduate cuts 'will push more onto the dole', say students

Dec 5th 2011, 3:07 PM 3,391 Views 6 Comments

Maintenance grants will be axed for postgrad students – who have warned the move could end up costing more in welfare benefits.

As it happened: Brendan Howlin's Budget 2012 speech to the Dáil
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# Budget 2012

As it happened: Brendan Howlin's Budget 2012 speech to the Dáil

Dec 5th 2011, 1:46 PM 9,153 Views 10 Comments

Miss the announcement? Never fear. Here’s our text commentary as Brendan Howlin set the ball rolling on Budget 2012.