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# budget 2015

All time
17 great things that have happened since the last Budget
It’s not all bad…
# money worries
The government has been painting a too-rosy budget picture
Its fiscal advisory council has warned something will have to give.
# Raking it in
What part of the country will bring you the biggest return on investment property?
Investors can expect a return of between 5% and 8% broadly speaking.
# imf warning
Child benefit is 'staying as it is', regardless of what the IMF says
The Coalition is standing its ground.
# Running the numbers
Do Sinn Féin's numbers add up? We could soon know for sure...
The government is considering a special Oireachtas committee to cost pre-budget submissions.
# Cheer up Michael
Don't expect Michael Noonan to smile about his tax cuts
A smile from the Finance Minister wouldn’t go amiss.
# your money
Forgot about these Budget changes? They kicked in yesterday
Here are the details.
# Clampdown
Children getting dig-out from parents for mortgages or holidays could be taxed
A new Budget change tightened gift rules.
Voices
Fine Gael doesn't just stand for the wealthy, it robs from the poor and gives to the rich
I’m one of those mischievous opposition politicians doing down a government trying it’s best but listen instead to the ESRI, writes Eoin Ó Broin.
Voices
Why it's a myth that Fine Gael only stands for the rich
It is disappointing that the opposition are trying to undermine the benefits of a budget which is finally giving something back to every worker in the country, writes Minister Simon Harris.
# leaking cash
The budget will take a big hit next year because of Irish Water: ESRI
But at least things are looking good for jobs and the economy.
# income
Budget 2015 made rich people richer and poor people poorer
An ESRI report also found that contrary to popular belief the ‘squeezed middle’ has not been hardest hit in recent years.
# Business Poll
Business Poll: So this year's coming to a close - but how is 2015 looking?
Is it going to be a bumper year or is trade still in the doldrums?
# danger here
Joan and Enda want to cut your taxes.. but they're not agreed on how to do it
The Taoiseach and Tánaiste have been talking tax in recent days.
# Mea Culpa
'We have made mistakes in the past' - Michael Noonan talks taxes
But he says Ireland has been “caught in the crossfire” of sniping between the EU and US multinationals.
# doing the sums
Remember those tax cuts most people scored in the Budget? Here's how much they cost
And how tweaking those changes would have shifted the Budget picture.
# impasse
Cork City Council faces administration if a budget isn't passed within two weeks
It is believed the last time a Budget struggled to be passed was 1991.
# Exchequer Returns
The difference between now and this time last year? About €2 billion
Ticking along nicely.
# choices choices choices
Enda Kenny: It's either water charges, or a 4% tax increase, or 'boiling water for decades'
The Taoiseach was speaking in Dublin tonight.
# SME focus
SME focus: Everything you need to know about the Budget and essential money matters
For October’s in-depth coverage of Irish SMEs, we looked at ways to balance a budget and where all that cash goes.
# motor-vated
Cars, furniture and electrical goods: These are a few of our favourite things
Products that people stopped buying during the recession are back on shopping lists.
Voices
Aaron McKenna: Has 'success' become a dirty word?
Envying the successful is not a viable tax policy – it is a disincentive to honest, hard work.
# Finance Bill
Water Charges relief on its way for those not on social welfare
The Finance Bill introduced today gives effect to measures introduced in Budget 2015.
# dishing the dirt
Explainer: What changes did Budget 2015 bring for property?
This is what you need to know about changes for tenants, owners and those looking to get into the market.
# pricey wheels
Car buyers will pay €1 billion in tax this year to get their vehicles on the road
New registrations have been up nearly 30% in 2014 so far.
# hauliers
Truck drivers plan further traffic chaos, and one Minister isn't very happy about it
The Irish Road Haulage Association has called on the Government to address their concerns over road tax.
# inbox me
The Briefcase: Big pharma, the price of power and a little thing called the Budget
This was the week in business.
# budget review
Rebellious taxpayers and 'testosterone-driven woohah': What do female politicians make of the Budget?
A panel of women politicians came together in Dublin this morning to discuss Budget 2015.
# Spam
Fine Gael: We don't buy Facebook 'likes'
The party says its Budget Q&A was spammed with thousands of inauthentic ‘likes’.
# Crib Notes
Here's how Labour TDs and Senators were told to spin the Budget... and slam the opposition
Deputies and senators got a fancy-looking tip sheet ahead of Tuesday’s Budget.
# none of that
Michael Noonan: No, the Budget wasn't 'a series of smart-alecky tricks'
The Finance Minister denied that the Government should have been more cautious in Budget 2015.
# good budget bad budget
Poll: Is your business really any better off after Budget day?
We look at what’s in Budget 2015 for business and ask how much it all means to you.
# budget 2015
Where's the missing €15 million?... Criticism over shortfall in mental health spending
€35 million is being ring-fenced for the area as part of Budget 2015, but organisations are concerned that’s still €15 million short of what should be spent.
# all tied up
Micheál Martin doesn't like that Noonan and Howlin tweeted about their ties yesterday...
… and didn’t listen to opposition speakers’ response to the Budget announcement
# thinking ahead
Child benefit could be increased by even more than a fiver in Budget 2016
A small increase in child benefit was announced as part of the Budget yesterday.
# The Breakdown
Cigarettes now cost €10 a pack... But where does all that tax go?
The change kicked in at midnight. Here’s where that extra 40c goes…
# It Says In The Papers
Payback, buying an election and "Be Happy" - how the papers saw Budget 2015
A mixed bag of papers from a mixed bag Budget.
# health budget
Varadkar hits out at doctors saying he wishes the IMO 'knew their facts'
He also revealed that the latest HSE service plan will be published in around three or four weeks time.
# Devil in the Details
Here's what you may have missed in the Budget
There will also be money to tackle late discharges from hospitals and spending on building schools.
# let's look at it
Water charges: Burton hints at further breaks for lower paid
The issue of bringing in relief for low income workers and the short-term unemployed should be ‘looked at’ according to the Social Protection Minister.