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# budget 2015

All time
# overhaul needed
'People are paying illegal top ups on rent supplement to live in a garage'
Threshold says a small adjustment in Rent Supplement payments of between €25 and €50 euro a week can keep families in their homes and prevent homelessness.
# Budget 15
No extra taxes or spending cuts needed - good news before the Budget
A Department of Finance White Paper says the country can hit deficit targets without upheaval.
# Shinnernomics
Is Sinn Féin really proposing a 73 per cent tax rate?
The opposition party has come under attack for its budget proposals this week.
# capital ideas
What would the Greens do in Government? ... Build, build, build
Eamon Ryan’s weighing in with his proposals, ahead of next Tuesday’s Budget announcement.
# people like him
Micheál's leadership "a non issue" say Fianna Fáil's three wise men
The party had some Budget plans to reveal today, but — inevitably — they were also faced with a raft of questions on this week’s rotten poll showing.
# inbox me
The Briefcase: Bubble busters, more budget babble and startups as far as the eye can see
This was the week in business.
# budget 2015
"Pretty obnoxious" ... That's what Peter McVerry thinks of the plan to cut the top tax rate
Enda Kenny told business leaders last night that the Budget would be a “first step” towards lowering the rate of 52 per cent.
# reduction seduction
Enda Kenny hints at cut to top tax rate
“First step in a multi-annual plan…”
# budget 2015
This TD wants to tax lotto winnings to pay for more teachers
Stephen Donnelly also wants us to team up with the NHS and make Irish Water more efficient.
# decisions decisions
The government says they'll cut our taxes in the Budget, but how are they going to do it?
We don’t know anything definitive yet, but plenty of hints have been dropped about easing the tax burden on Middle Ireland.
# say please
Richard Bruton wants thousands more startups and he might hand out tax breaks to get them*
*But only if Michael Noonan says he can.
# Budget
Did Gerry Adams want JobBridge expanded, not scrapped, just a few months ago?
Michael McCarthy has accused Adams of backtracking on the issue. Sinn Féin’s response? He’s “clutching at straws”.
# budget 2015
We want you: Join’s Budget 2015 readers’ panel
We want to hear from a wide range of people across the country to find out their thoughts both ahead of Budget Day and on the day itself.
# university challenges
'No ifs, no buts, no education cuts' - thousands of students march on Leinster House
Student leaders will meet the Education Minister tomorrow…after they’ve dried off.
# budget 2015
The Socialists think they could raise €3.3 billion by taxing millionaires
The Socialist Party, or the Anti-Austerity Alliance as they’re calling themselves, launched their budget proposals today.
# just take it all
Think Ireland's income taxes are already too high? Try 60% for top earners
TASC wants anyone earning over €100,000 to get a higher tax rate to make things better for everyone else.
Opinion: How can we make the budgeting process fairer and more democratic?
Drafting a budget, or any form of legislation, will always be a difficult and divisive task but there are ways of listening to all sections of society in the process.
# Shinnernomics
Sinn Féin wants to abolish water charges, property tax and JobBridge
The party has announced its pre-Budget proposals this morning.
# Dáil talk
State of the Nation: A return for the Christmas bonus?
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# Employment
New law would force unemployed to upload CVs to job sites - or have their dole cut
The government has launched its latest Pathways to Work document today.
# Recovery
Say no to austerity, it's time to build jobs with Ireland's 'spectacular' growth
Business lobbyists IBEC have doubled their economic growth forecast for the year.
# on a high
Shoppers are at their happiest in nearly 8 years so it's all down to the budget now
Customer sentiment is higher than it has been since January 2007.
# budget 2015
Here are 7 things we know about the Budget so far
With just over a week to go, we’re getting excited.
# main st ireland
Is the recovery finally gathering pace in the Midlands? The retailers of Athlone weigh in...
Some long-established businesses say there’s little optimism out there, but others say that things are finally beginning to look a little brighter.
# budget 2015
€500m needed to tackle homelessness as 'ten children a week lose their home'
Focus Ireland is calling for an ‘immediate’ increase in rent supplement in Budget 2015.
Opinion: 4 things that can be implemented in the Budget to promote economic growth
For Ireland’s recovery is to be truly successful, our growth must be sustainable – and felt throughout the entire country – writes Ian Talbot of Chambers Ireland.
# Prime Numbers
Love/Hate, dolphins, and Garth Brooks: The week in numbers
Plus: What’s the average age for people getting married now?
# budget 2015
Acute and mental health services on 'the brink of collapse'
The Irish Hospital Consultants Association is called for increased funding for hospital consultants in Budget 2015.
# Food Aid
Soup kitchen founder says 2014 "worst year yet" for struggling families
The ‘Twist’ mobile food service is now bringing food aid directly to hard-hit estates in the Midlands and West.
# inbox me
The Briefcase: No-go hollier zones, pre-budget chat and the value of reading the fine print
This was the week in business.
# Exchequer Returns
With 12 days until the Budget, here's how the numbers are shaping up
The final exchequer returns before Budget 2015 have been released this evening.
# budget 2015
'Be business focused not jobs focused' - government told
Owner-operators should have their costs cut in the budget to create long-term jobs, ISME says.
# don't leave us behind
Disability groups demand an end to 'draconian' cuts
“This has to stop.”
# budget 2015
'Don't try to choke off the recovery with more austerity'
Ireland’s ‘growth beacon’ economy should mean tax cuts – not another tough budget, economist says.
# not repealing the 8th
'I'll give my opinion as a doctor and young man at a later stage' - Varadkar
The Health Minister said that the Government has no plans to update the Constitution in relation to abortion.
# Budget 15
Cutting top rate of tax could give 'half of taxpayers' more money in their pocket
Ibec also believe it would help stem brain-drain.
# Wine Oh
How much of a bottle of a €9 wine goes on taxes?
It’s quite a bit.
# Careful Now
There's "no room" in the Irish economy for tax cuts - we should be investing instead
The conditions just aren’t right yet, the Nevin Institute has said.
# Cuts
'Budget 2015 needs to give struggling families the peace and security they're entitled to'
An alliance of charities are calling for cuts to be reversed before tax breaks are introduced.
# Tapped Out
Michael Noonan was told to scrap water charges in the Budget. Here's how he took it...
The Finance Minister was upbeat in slapping down the suggestion.