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# Budget 2012

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# Motor Tax
Motor tax will rise in Budget, minister confirms
Minister Phil Hogan said increasing indirect taxes rather than income tax would give consumers “some choices” in their spending.
# Budget 2012
Retailers call for no taxes on consumers and cuts to expenditure in Budget
Retail Ireland has called on the government not to increase excise duty and not to shift the payment of sick leave onto employers in the Budget next week.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Sunday
In tonight’s Fix: Budget pain for motorists; shock at the death of Wales manager Gary Speed; David Drumm breaks his silence; and you won’t believe how much the IMF is considering giving Italy…
# Motoring
Motorists face a 'grim budget' - AA Ireland
The Minister for the Environment confirmed that road taxes will be increased in the Budget for 2012.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Saturday
In tonight’s fix: Darren Scully in tears; fears for the euro; concern for George Michael and anti-austerity protests on the streets of Dublin.
# Anti-austerity
In pictures: unions lead march against austerity in Dublin
Turnout was reported to be less than two-thousand people.
# Budget 2012
Budget to be announced over two days
The Budget for next year will be unveiled by Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan on the 5 and 6 December.
# Anti-austerity
Thousands expected for Dublin protest against austerity
The trade union-backed rally is to take place in Dublin city centre from noon today.
# Budget 2012
Noonan admits: Plans for VAT hike didn’t consider drop in demand
The Minister for Finance concedes that his plans for a 2 per cent increase in VAT did not allow for the impact on spending.
# Tipping Point
More tax austerity will break Irish families, tax institute warns
The Irish Tax Institute says some employees have already lost a sixth of their take-home pay – and are now at ‘tipping point’.
# Jobs
Government announces major action plan to solve jobs crisis
The plan aims to make Ireland “the best small country in Europe in which to do business by 2016″ says Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton.
# Health Service
HSE chief executive to be questioned by TDs and senators
Cathal Magee will face questions about the health service crisis when he appears before an Oireachtas committee.
# Your Say
Poll: Should there be a charge on medical cards?
Health Minister James Reilly is considering introducing an annual €50 charge on all medical cards. Today, we’re asking what do you think about the proposal?
# budget leaks
Budget proposals doc had to be shown as ‘constitutional requirement’
Taoiseach Enda Kenny tells Dáil today that draft proposals were shown to German parliament as a constitutional requirement of… the German parliament.
Column: Cutting grants isn’t just bad for students – it’s bad for Ireland
The boom taught us the danger of ignoring inconvenient truths, writes Miles Link – so what are we doing with cuts to the universities?
Tourist-friendly 9 per cent VAT rate to remain after Budget
Leo Varadkar says that while the higher rate of VAT might be going up, the new 9 per cent rate for tourism is here to stay.
# Budget 2012
Cabinet meets to finalise Budget spending cuts
Ministers are due to meet this morning for final discussions on next month’s Budget, with welfare expected to be on the chopping block.
# big mouth
Child benefit is ‘subsidising people to have sex’ – Michael O’Leary
The Ryanair CEO said that he thinks child benefit should be abolished, calling it an “absurdity”.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Monday
Catch up on the day’s biggest stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…
# Budget 2012
Fears mount over Budget cut to child benefit
Labour’s Jan O’Sullivan has admitted that child benefit could be subject to cuts, despite warnings it could “push families into poverty”.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Sunday
Catch up on the day’s main stories as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…
# Budget 2012
Budget leaks: Dublin and Brussels in €300m dispute over public pay bill
The government says cutting public jobs will save €2.5bn by 2015 – but the European Commission’s draft report is far less optimistic.
# Budget 2012
Budget leaks: €3.5bn Budget for 2013 still won’t meet Troika targets
Briefing notes prepared for German MPs also predict that employment will continue to fall next year, and that Ireland may miss bank targets.
# budget leaks
REVEALED: Government’s leaked plans for Ireland’s austerity budgets has obtained the documents, given to German MPs, which outline the contents of the 2012 and 2013 Budgets.
# Budget 2012
Berlin documents were compiled six weeks BEFORE Budget Day
The documents sent to Germany’s parliamentary committees were compiled by Brussels while Ireland was busy with its election.
# Budget 2012
Confusion over how Budget documents ended up in Germany
It is understood the documents were disclosed to a German finance committee after being passed to it by the EU-IMF troika.
Opposition calls on government to explain 2 per cent VAT rise report
The Department of Finance has insisted that no decisions have been made but a document in the German Bundestag says different.
# Child poverty
Up to 40,000 more children living in poverty since last year – Barnardos
The children’s charity estimates that there could be nearly 130,000 children living in consistent poverty in Ireland.
# Budget 2012
Unemployment group welcomes Budget’s freeze for welfare rates
The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed welcomes Fergus O’Dowd’s assurance that welfare rates will not be cut.
# Smoking
Cigarette sales fall by 10 per cent
Meanwhile consumption of cheaper rolled tobacco has increased dramatically.