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#Budget 2014

# budget-2014 - Wednesday 2 October, 2013

Kenny: It's a myth that the Economic Management Council makes all the decisions
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Kenny: It's a myth that the Economic Management Council makes all the decisions

Oct 2nd 2013, 11:34 AM 4,226 Views 78 Comments

The ECM is due to meet today to discuss the level of the budget adjustment.

# budget-2014 - Thursday 26 September, 2013

'We're examining the options': Noonan says no decision on raising 9% VAT rate
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

'We're examining the options': Noonan says no decision on raising 9% VAT rate

Sep 26th 2013, 11:54 AM 4,754 Views 48 Comments

The Finance Minister had previously said that in order to maintain the special rate for the tourism and hospitality industry he would need to find €360 million elsewhere.

Charts: Here's how the government's liabilities have increased to €208bn in five years
# Fiscal Advisory Council
# Fiscal Advisory Council

Charts: Here's how the government's liabilities have increased to €208bn in five years

Sep 26th 2013, 9:27 AM 7,030 Views 31 Comments

The government’s liabilities last year were a whopping €208 billion.

# budget-2014 - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

Ex-IMF mission chief: 'Ireland needs a new jolt of growth'
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Ex-IMF mission chief: 'Ireland needs a new jolt of growth'

Sep 25th 2013, 9:08 AM 5,111 Views 52 Comments

Ashoka Mody has spoken out against austerity once again ahead of the October budget.

# budget-2014 - Tuesday 24 September, 2013

Tánaiste: Budget cut of €3.1 billion not necessary to meet deficit targets
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Tánaiste: Budget cut of €3.1 billion not necessary to meet deficit targets

Sep 24th 2013, 9:50 AM 4,549 Views 69 Comments

Eamon Gilmore has set out his stall ahead of Budget negotiations.

# budget-2014 - Monday 23 September, 2013

'Sense of alarm' over Revenue investigation of blind pension
# Blind Pension
# Blind Pension

'Sense of alarm' over Revenue investigation of blind pension

Sep 23rd 2013, 3:13 PM 9,708 Views 37 Comments

A report yesterday said Revenue is to start looking at records to see if individuals are in receipt of a second pension and assess their level of tax compliance.

# budget-2014 - Sunday 22 September, 2013

"It's going to be a difficult budget" - Richard Bruton
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

"It's going to be a difficult budget" - Richard Bruton

Sep 22nd 2013, 1:40 PM 8,639 Views 52 Comments

The Minister for Jobs also said that Ireland has to “close the game out” while getting out of the bailout.

# budget-2014 - Saturday 21 September, 2013

IBEC president calls for tax rises to be dropped
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

IBEC president calls for tax rises to be dropped

Sep 21st 2013, 7:30 AM 4,139 Views 26 Comments

The new chairman of the Irish Business and Employers Conference told a dinner last night that the country had hit a “tax ceiling”.

# budget-2014 - Friday 20 September, 2013

Noonan: VAT rate for restaurants likely to rise
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Noonan: VAT rate for restaurants likely to rise

Sep 20th 2013, 6:51 PM 8,853 Views 78 Comments

The Finance Minister said the reduction of the 13.5 per cent rate for the hospitality sector had always been a short-term “pump priming” measure.

# budget-2014 - Thursday 19 September, 2013

'Another brick in the wall': Education minister on economic growth figures
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

'Another brick in the wall': Education minister on economic growth figures

Sep 19th 2013, 6:00 PM 3,998 Views 17 Comments

Ruairí Quinn said there is still a long way to go…

Concern about NAMA handing over properties it can't sell for social housing
# Social Housing
# Social Housing

Concern about NAMA handing over properties it can't sell for social housing

Sep 19th 2013, 2:44 PM 9,738 Views 84 Comments

Focus Ireland has said that there is a feeling that NAMA tries to sell off property and if they can’t, it is then proposed as social housing, though many of the agency’s properties are not suitable.

# budget-2014 - Wednesday 18 September, 2013

"I don't want to embarrass you" - Taoiseach's excuse for not doing TV debate with Martin
# Seanad Referendum
# Seanad Referendum

"I don't want to embarrass you" - Taoiseach's excuse for not doing TV debate with Martin

Sep 18th 2013, 5:17 PM 14,599 Views 100 Comments

Enda Kenny clashed with Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin at the first Leaders’ Questions of the new Dáil term today.

Government can avoid further cuts with tax hike for top 10% of earners
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Government can avoid further cuts with tax hike for top 10% of earners

Sep 18th 2013, 8:51 AM 4,277 Views 54 Comments

The Nevin Economic Research Institute said that €400 million could be raised with a 1.5 per cent increase on the top 10 per cent of earners.

# budget-2014 - Tuesday 17 September, 2013

Burton: Welfare cap not being considered for Budget
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Burton: Welfare cap not being considered for Budget

Sep 17th 2013, 7:52 PM 6,874 Views 124 Comments

The Minister for Social Protection said the measure had been on the table, but was no longer being looked at ahead of next month’s Budget.

Enda Kenny: 'I feel the people's pain'
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Enda Kenny: 'I feel the people's pain'

Sep 17th 2013, 9:15 AM 11,717 Views 229 Comments

The Taoiseach has said that the Budget is going to be tough no matter what but that the coalition would aim to deliver it “in as fair a way as possible”.

Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil think-ins to conclude today
# Thinking
# Thinking

Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil think-ins to conclude today

Sep 17th 2013, 6:15 AM 2,793 Views 19 Comments

Lots more thinking to be done on day two…

# budget-2014 - Monday 16 September, 2013

Noonan: We might have some leeway if figures ahead of Budget are positive
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Noonan: We might have some leeway if figures ahead of Budget are positive

Sep 16th 2013, 11:04 PM 9,398 Views 85 Comments

Michael Noonan indicated there may be a Budget adjustment of less than €3.1 billion if there’s good news contained in two key sets of data, but he said the final figure had not yet been decided.

Call for 50c 'environmental levy' on packs of 20 cigarettes
# Smoking
# Smoking

Call for 50c 'environmental levy' on packs of 20 cigarettes

Sep 16th 2013, 9:46 AM 8,505 Views 120 Comments

ASH Ireland said the levy should be imposed on the tobacco industry, on the ‘polluter pays’ principle.

Gilmore: The Irish people aren't going to punish the party that solved the crisis
# Labour Pains
# Labour Pains

Gilmore: The Irish people aren't going to punish the party that solved the crisis

Sep 16th 2013, 9:19 AM 8,871 Views 150 Comments

The Tánaiste has defended the Labour Party’s record in government and said that Joan Burton is doing a “fabulous job”.

They're back: Here are 8 questions we're asking ahead of the new Dáil term
# Dáil
# Dáil

They're back: Here are 8 questions we're asking ahead of the new Dáil term

Sep 16th 2013, 6:45 AM 4,936 Views 14 Comments

The Seanad is also back but will it be abolished? We look at that and seven other questions ahead of the return of TDs and Senators this week.

Budget likely to top agenda as Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil hold think-ins
# Get Thinking
# Get Thinking

Budget likely to top agenda as Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil hold think-ins

Sep 16th 2013, 6:12 AM 2,641 Views 23 Comments

Fine Gael’s holds its two-day meeting in Portlaoise, Co Laois while Labour is meeting in Enfield, Co Meath and Fianna Fáil is holding its annual think-in in Waterford.

# budget-2014 - Saturday 14 September, 2013

Watch: Gerry Adams talks the Seanad, Dáil reform and Budget 2014
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Watch: Gerry Adams talks the Seanad, Dáil reform and Budget 2014

Sep 14th 2013, 7:30 AM 3,275 Views 87 Comments

The Sinn Féin president says that his party will “ferociously argue” against budget measures that would “heap the burden” on families and carers.

# budget-2014 - Friday 13 September, 2013

IMF want Ireland to 'continue track record' of budget cuts
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

IMF want Ireland to 'continue track record' of budget cuts

Sep 13th 2013, 3:56 PM 8,224 Views 115 Comments

The IMF’s Gerry Rice wants Ireland to keep pace with cuts but did not rule out a reduction to deal with the “drag on growth”.

# budget-2014 - Thursday 12 September, 2013

TDs to be told: 'Coalition needs to live up to staffing promises in mental health'
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

TDs to be told: 'Coalition needs to live up to staffing promises in mental health'

Sep 12th 2013, 6:00 AM 2,505 Views 3 Comments

Mental Health Reform will address TDs and Senators today on issues in the sector; the group is highlighting shortfalls in promised staffing levels and concerns about ring-fencing of funding.

# budget-2014 - Wednesday 11 September, 2013

Government called on to address housing shortage in Budget 2014
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Government called on to address housing shortage in Budget 2014

Sep 11th 2013, 11:53 AM 5,311 Views 29 Comments

Threshold has said that up to 30,000 new houses need to be constructed annually to meet demand.

Finance Committee demands forecast data from department ahead of budget
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Finance Committee demands forecast data from department ahead of budget

Sep 11th 2013, 11:12 AM 2,686 Views 9 Comments

The committee wants access to the same data and presentations that will be provided to the Economic Management Council.

# budget-2014 - Tuesday 10 September, 2013

Gilmore: "I am not wedded to Foreign Affairs"
# Moving On?
# Moving On?

Gilmore: "I am not wedded to Foreign Affairs"

Sep 10th 2013, 11:41 AM 3,586 Views 27 Comments

The Labour leader has not ruled out moving to a domestic post in the lifetime of the coalition, but has rejected the suggestion he needs to spend more time in the country in order to address problems within the party.

Number of new homeless people rises by at least 7 a day
# Budget
# Budget

Number of new homeless people rises by at least 7 a day

Sep 10th 2013, 10:40 AM 2,983 Views 26 Comments

Focus Ireland launches its 2014 pre-Budget submission today and said that the government needs to avoid forcing more households into homelessness.

Honohan: The government's budgetary policy makes sense
# Austerity
# Austerity

Honohan: The government's budgetary policy makes sense

Sep 10th 2013, 10:12 AM 3,294 Views 39 Comments

The Irish Central Bank governor has said that the ‘steady course’ the government charted and stuck to has been key to restoring lender credibility.

# budget-2014 - Monday 9 September, 2013

'Austerity hawks' want to use Ireland as 'economic experiment' - Gilmore
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

'Austerity hawks' want to use Ireland as 'economic experiment' - Gilmore

Sep 9th 2013, 5:54 PM 9,544 Views 93 Comments

Táinaiste Eamon Gilmore said in an interview with the Financial Times said that the Government will not let others ‘drive the speedometer’ on Irish austerity.

# budget-2014 - Sunday 8 September, 2013

Ruairí Quinn: 'The budget cut has to be less than €3.1 billion'
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Ruairí Quinn: 'The budget cut has to be less than €3.1 billion'

Sep 8th 2013, 2:01 PM 8,208 Views 42 Comments

The Education Minister was speaking with just over a month to go until Budget 2014.

# budget-2014 - Friday 6 September, 2013

Poll: Should the government ease up on austerity in this budget?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should the government ease up on austerity in this budget?

Sep 6th 2013, 10:09 AM 8,389 Views 155 Comments

The Labour Party wants to see just €2 billion in cuts in the next budget but economists have said we must stick to the plan. What do you think?

Lynch: Labour wants €2bn worth of budget cuts instead of proposed €3.1bn
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Lynch: Labour wants €2bn worth of budget cuts instead of proposed €3.1bn

Sep 6th 2013, 6:50 AM 4,174 Views 29 Comments

Minister for State Kathleen Lynch said she has yet to discuss this with coalition partners Fine Gael.

# budget-2014 - Thursday 5 September, 2013

Charities call for 60 cent Budget hike in cigarette prices
# Up In Smoke
# Up In Smoke

Charities call for 60 cent Budget hike in cigarette prices

Sep 5th 2013, 8:56 PM 4,776 Views 53 Comments

The pre-Budget call from the Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Heart Foundation is aimed at tackling the “enormous economic cost of smoking-related illness”.

# budget-2014 - Wednesday 4 September, 2013

Pearse Doherty: Most TDs and Ministers use their pay to buy a new car or go on holiday
# Politicians' Pay
# Politicians' Pay

Pearse Doherty: Most TDs and Ministers use their pay to buy a new car or go on holiday

Sep 4th 2013, 6:45 AM 16,663 Views 188 Comments

While the Sinn Féin TD said he and colleagues take home the average industrial wage most other TDs and ministers use some of their wages to buy a new car, go on holiday, put it in the bank or buy shares in the bank, he claimed.

# budget-2014 - Tuesday 3 September, 2013

Exchequer returns: VAT receipts nearly €250 million behind target
# Exchequer Returns
# Exchequer Returns

Exchequer returns: VAT receipts nearly €250 million behind target

Sep 3rd 2013, 6:07 PM 5,485 Views 30 Comments

But the deficit for the first eight months of this year was over €4 billion less than it was in the first eight months of 2012.

# budget-2014 - Monday 2 September, 2013

New '132' reg system drives huge increase in August car sales
# Shifting Plates
# Shifting Plates

New '132' reg system drives huge increase in August car sales

Sep 2nd 2013, 7:12 PM 9,868 Views 47 Comments

There was a 20 per cent increase in new car sales in August compared to the same month last year. However, looking at the year as a whole, sales are down 8 per cent.

Labour TD says protect social welfare, but FG TD says spending is not sustainable
# Budget 2014
# Budget 2014

Labour TD says protect social welfare, but FG TD says spending is not sustainable

Sep 2nd 2013, 6:45 AM 3,964 Views 30 Comments

Two government backbenchers have outlined vastly different approaches to Budget 2014 in columns for TheJournal.ie in the last 24 hours.

Column: 'Now is not the time for excessive cuts that will damage our recovery'
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: 'Now is not the time for excessive cuts that will damage our recovery'

Sep 2nd 2013, 6:40 AM 9 Views 13 Comments

Labour TD Kevin Humphreys believes that an unnecessary €3.1 billion adjustment, as some in Fine Gael have proposed, would result in lower growth and loss of confidence and says that promissory note savings should be used.