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#Budget 2014

# budget-2014 - Wednesday 24 September, 2014

€2.1 billion: That's how much extra the government could have to play with now

Figure for early debt repayment was €1.5b last week, but what’s €600m between friends?

# budget-2014 - Friday 15 August, 2014

Tax hike could force wine merchants out of business

Not the wine…please.

# budget-2014 - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

More than 1,000 Irish pubs have had to shut down since 2007

And it’s all about tax, say industry chiefs.

# budget-2014 - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

€800 million, not €2 billion in budget cuts is enough, government told

The Nevin Economic Research Institute says that with the economy recovering, less severe budget cuts are needed.

# budget-2014 - Sunday 15 June, 2014

Shinnernomics: Opponents call them fantasy, so how realistic are Sinn Féin's budget proposals?

The rise of Sinn Féin raises obvious questions about what they would do in government. We take a closer look at the party’s economic policies.

# budget-2014 - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

Column: Clarity is needed on the pension levy 'jobs initiatives' claim

The Government’s inaction on pensions begs the question of whether it has a long-term strategy for pensions at all, writes Samantha McConnell.

# budget-2014 - Saturday 18 January, 2014

Shared parenting "penalised" as single parents receive 2014 tax credit certs

Tax credits for single parents are now only available to one parent regardless of custody arrangements.

# budget-2014 - Thursday 9 January, 2014

Column: The State’s new year resolution should be to cherish all children equally

Cuts introduced since the beginning of the economic crisis have had a devastating effect on lone parent families, writes Louise Bayliss.

# budget-2014 - Saturday 4 January, 2014

Apprentices to pay higher fees as budget cuts kick in

The costs are associated with registration fees paid to the institutes of technology attended by those in SOLAS/FÁS programmes.

# budget-2014 - Wednesday 1 January, 2014

Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act comes into force today

It is just one of the measures kicking in today – others include changes to VAT, DIRT and tax credits for single parents.

# budget-2014 - Saturday 28 December, 2013

The day Enda got a political wallop and 7 other moments that defined the political year

Promissory note gone, abortion legislated for, the Seanad retained, and the bailout exited – here are few key moments from the past 12 months.

# budget-2014 - Thursday 12 December, 2013

Budget 2014 had greatest impact on low-income groups

A new look at budgets from 2009 to 2014 by the ESRI shows that the lowest impact of next year’s budget was on some middle income groups.

# budget-2014 - Monday 9 December, 2013

'No comment to make' on reports Kathleen Lynch threatened to resign

The junior health minister was reported in yesterday’s Sunday Business Post to have threatened to quit the government at a meeting over a fortnight ago.

# budget-2014 - Thursday 5 December, 2013

Government budget advisors: No room for tax cuts until after 2016

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council is before the Oireachtas Finance Committee today.

# budget-2014 - Tuesday 3 December, 2013

Concern over Budget 2014 weakened consumer sentiment last month

KBC Bank said the most recent survey seems to reflect a “broad endorsement of domestic economic policy” even if there is a sense that it will hurt household finances.

# budget-2014 - Friday 22 November, 2013

Decision on credit line will make it ‘more difficult’ to access future supports

A report published by the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council today has warned that the changes in Budget 2014 have removed our “margin of safety”.

# budget-2014 - Thursday 21 November, 2013

Dijsselbloem: EU ministers are 'losing patience' with Greece

The Eurogroup President made the comments to a Greek newspaper ahead of the country’s draft budget announcement today.

# budget-2014 - Wednesday 13 November, 2013

Reilly: 2014 will be the most challenging year ever for health services

The Minister for Health was speaking in the Dáil today where he defended the decision to lower medical card income limits.

# budget-2014 - Saturday 9 November, 2013

Taoiseach's 'day in the life' video part of government's growing social media presence

The government is increasingly delivering its message via new platforms with varying degrees of success.

# budget-2014 - Friday 1 November, 2013

Bank levy will cost Bank of Ireland €40 million a year

The Government estimated that the levy would raise a total of €150 million for the exchequer each year from all Irish domestic banks.

# budget-2014 - Wednesday 30 October, 2013

HSE gets more time to come up with its service plan for next year

The HSE National Service Plan will now not be finalised until the middle of November at the latest.

# budget-2014 - Tuesday 29 October, 2013

People spent less on groceries in run-up to Budget announcement

Tesco has seen a decline the amount of money people are spending there, while Aldi and Lidl are going strong.

# budget-2014 - Sunday 27 October, 2013

Here's how much extra tax the government expects to take next year

Michael Noonan will be a happy man if these targets are hit…

# budget-2014 - Saturday 26 October, 2013

Post-Budget poll sees Labour slip to single-figure support

Fine Gael, on the other hand, have seen support climb by two points.

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Vigil at children’s hospital to highlight medical card removal

Parents and supporters gathered at Crumlin Children’s Hospital this afternoon to protest revoking of cards for some chronically-ill children.

# budget-2014 - Friday 25 October, 2013

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PICS: Pregnant mothers protest against maternity benefit cut outside Dáil

The Social Welfare Bill passed its final stage in the Dáil today though Fianna Fáil’s Willie O’Dea said it’s not too late for the government to reverse this cut.

'Mean, ruthless, vicious': TD scathing as Dáil votes to abolish bereavement grant

One opposition TD labelled the cut to the €850 grant as “a mean, ruthless, vicious targeting of people at their most vulnerable time”.

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Poll: Do you support the new standarised rate of maternity benefit?

Maternity benefit will be standarised at €230 per week for new claimants from January.

Hundreds of separated dads concerned over "unjust" tax credit change

A support service has called the One Parent Family tax credit “unjust, unfair and underhanded”.

Column: Pitting one section of the Irish people against another weakens us all

Budget 2014 hit the most vulnerable elements of society – not the young, the sick, the old, or pregnant alone. We need to show intergenerational solidarity and stand together against this injustice, writes Peter Kavanagh.

# budget-2014 - Thursday 24 October, 2013

Social Welfare and Pensions Bill passes second stage in Dáil

The bill passed the second stage by 79 votes to 44 and will now go before a committee.

Homeowners can claim tax relief on renovation and repair work from tomorrow

Measures announced by Michael Noonan in the Dáil last week will be legislated for next month.

Minister says welfare bill protects against poverty, TDs say it's 'mean and cruel'

A slight difference of opinion over Budget cuts in the Dáil chamber today…

Column: Nobody ever chooses to be homeless – this government is pushing people to the brink

Access to health services is key to leaving homelessness behind – which is why Budget 2014 is so damaging to the Government’s commitment to end long-term homelessness by 2016, writes Niamh Randall.

# budget-2014 - Tuesday 22 October, 2013

VIDEO: Pensioners at today's protest believe the worst is yet to come

One worries that without the telephone allowance her emergency alarm will be cut off. Another wishes he had never moved back to Ireland.

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Thousands join pensioners’ protest against Budget cuts

The crowd at Leinster House was predominantly made up of elderly people who oppose cuts to medical cards for over 70s and other measures announced in last week’s Budget.

Howlin: 'I wish this government hadn't come in when our economy was broken'

Meanwhile, the Tánaiste has said that the Budget cuts announced last week stand.

Tánaiste and Howlin insist: James Reilly is doing a very good job

The Health Minister has the support of the Cabinet, two senior members insisted this morning.

"It's time to shout stop." - Elderly people to protest outside Dáil

The Irish Senior Citizens Parliament is hoping to recreate the success of 2008 protests that were held held five years ago today.

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