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# Budget 2014

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# Budget 2014
Micheál Martin criticises party politics and Budget leaks
He refused to be drawn on speculation about a possible coalition between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.
Column: 'It is essential that we push ahead with the €3.1bn budget cut'
Fine Gael TD Pat Deering believes that current social welfare spending is unsustainable and has urged the government to pursue a €3.1 billion budget cut in order to remove the “shackles of the Troika”.
# Alternative Budget
No cuts to primary spending, taxes for wealthy and a €4.5 billion stimulus - ICTU publishes budget plan
The general secretary of the congress says that their plan would help Ireland reach deficit targets and create jobs.
# Budget 2014
Here's how much would be raised if income tax increased for earners over €100k
Michael Noonan has indicated that he won’t be considering any kind of ‘wealth tax’ in Budget 2014 – but has released figures on how much it would bring in.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Saturday
Today everyone’s talking about a shooting in Dublin and the use of chemical weapons in Syria.
# Budget 2014
Wealth tax? Probably not going to happen, says Michael Noonan
The Minister for Finance says he won’t comment specifically on Budget 2014 proposals, but has given three reasons why he doesn’t think a wealth tax is possible.
# Budget 2014
Howlin: We want to ensure a 'basic threshold of decency' in Budget 2014
Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin has insisted today that the parameters of the budget adjustment in October have not yet been set.
# Budget 2014
TD accused of 'recycling' two-year-old list of education cuts
Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has raised concerns about spending cuts proposed by Education Minister Ruairí Quinn ahead of October’s Budget, but Labour says he’s trying to “increase his personal profile”.
Column: I hope I hold on to my health – I don’t think I can afford to get sick
With the number of older people in consistent poverty doubling over just one year, pensioner Gordon* explains what daily life is like for him – and how he fears for the future.
Column: Pre-Budget politics - lies, damned lies and a gullible public
The campaign to pummel the public into submission with ‘strategic’ pre-Budget scaremongering has begun in earnest – and the media is lapping it up, writes Paul Allen.
# Budget 2014
Sinn Féin wants an 'easier budget' with adjustment of less than €3.1 billion
Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson Michael McGrath says the Government should soften the budget adjustment this year, but Sinn Féin’s Jonathan O’Brien says the important issue is where the cuts are coming from.
# Ice-Cream
Is ice-cream part of the tourism industry?
Some say it is but the Minister for Finance says he has ‘no plans’ to change the VAT treatment for ice-cream parlours to bring it in line with tourism rates.
# Budget 2014
Labour and Fine Gael junior ministers at odds over Budget 2014 plans
Labour TD Alan Kelly has criticised some colleagues for negotiating on the airwaves and on the front pages of national newspapers.
# Austerity
SIPTU President claims austerity is leading to 'Americanisation of Europe'
Jack O’Connor tells the MacGill summer school that austerity is a “violence perpetrated against working people”.
# Alcohol
More off-licences expected to close if government refuses to reduce excise duty
An association representing independent off-licences also said today that there should be a ban on selling alcohol below cost.
# Budget 2014
Central Bank cuts growth forecast and tells govt: Don't ease-up on austerity
The bank has also cut its forecast for growth of the country’s economy or gross domestic product from 1.2 per cent this year to 0.07 per cent blaming the falls in the export of goods and services.
# Budget 2014
Minister: No one wants to cut child benefit, but it can’t be ruled out
“Clearly no one wants to reduce child benefit, but there will be cuts and there will be adjustments,” Junior Finance Minister Brian Hayes has said of the social welfare budget this evening.
# Austerity
'Moving away from austerity is the sensible action' - former IMF mission chief
Ireland needs growth and Ashoka Mody believes the only way to get it is to pull back on the “severe commitment to austerity”.
# Budget 2014
'No discussion' on cutting Child Benefit in Budget 2014
Is there a row in the camp over the issue?
# Deficit Target
No more "difficult budgets" after this year – Taoiseach
That is as long as deficit targets are met and the economy does not deteriorate, but otherwise it “should be the last of the difficult budget”.
How would the Minister for Finance describe Ireland in one word? Debt.
In better news, the NTMA CEO said we are on target to exit the bailout programme.
# Employment
Richard Bruton: I'm not going to raise the minimum wage
Richard Bruton rules out any immediate adjustments to the minimum wage rate despite recent comments from Cabinet colleague Joan Burton.
# Budget 2014
IBEC wants the government to drop planned tax hikes
The business group also called for an improved R&D tax-credit system and support for the hospitality sector.
# Budget 2014
How much does it cost you to send your child to school?
Barnardos wants parents to help them get the big picture.
# Budget 2014
Burton will look to protect core welfare payments
The Social Protection minister said that cuts to her department will be ‘far south’ of €440 million in October’s budget.
# Anglo Tapes
Noonan: Banking prosecutors are being cautious because they don't want to blow the case
The Minister for Finance also said the Anglo tapes were “appalling”.
# Leinster House
Oireachtas agenda: Budget 2014 (yes, already) and Dáil scrapping Seanad?
The final Dáil vote on whether to proceed with a constitutional referendum will be held just after 10:30pm this evening.
# Budget 2014
Tax cuts 'unlikely' in this year's budget
There will also be no income tax increases, according to Minister of State Brian Hayes.
# Bailout
The IMF wants Budget 2014 to ignore the promissory note deal
The Washington-based fund says we’ve completed our tenth quarterly review under the bailout, with a mixed outlook.
# Budget 2014
"Are things tough? Yes they are" - Burton on Budget 2014
In an exclusive interview with, the Minister said that “we’ve tried to do what we’ve had to do in a very, very fair way”.
# Two-pack
EU will inspect Ireland’s finances for decades after bailout, under new rules
The ‘two-pack’ also means the Budget will have to be submitted to Brussels for its approval every October from now on.
# Budget 2014
'Time to ease off on austerity and abandon planned tax hikes' - IBEC
IBEC says Ireland could drop the ‘new taxes’ planned for Budget 2014 and still meet the EU’s targets.
# Labour
Labour conference to be held in November despite calls for earlier date
The party’s national executive today met and agreed to hold its conference on the 29 and 30 November despite calls from party chairman Colm Keaveney for an earlier date.
# Budget 2014
Fiscal council finds 'wiggle room' on Budget targets - but wants full cuts
The Fiscal Advisory Council recommends sticking to plans for another €5.1bn in cuts over two years – even though we’re on course to be well ahead of the EU’s deficit targets.
# Budget 2014
Noonan confirms Budget 2014 to be brought forward to October
EU finance ministers are meeting in Brussels today to ratify proposals contained in the two-pack, a series of financial governance measures, which the Minister said would mean an earlier budget.
# Budget 2014
IBEC appeals for 'no more taxes' to try and ease austerity
The employers’ group says ordinary people have been hit with enough new charges and taxes, and can’t handle any more.