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# budget 2015

All time
# The fingers thing means taxes
Charities don't want to see tax cuts in the Budget
They’d much prefer their funding back.
# pinot in yo' prada
Are loose alcohol-sale laws turning Irish diners into a nation of 'handbag drinkers'?
Restaurateurs want a shake up of liquor pricing… and immediate action to fix a chef-shortage “crisis”.
# Boom and Bust
Government advisors warn Noonan: We need another tough Budget
The Finance Minister has said we can expect a largely neutral Budget. He’s being told it should be ‘prudent’ and ‘disciplined’.
# Impact
Joan Burton heckled at trade union meeting on homelessness
The meeting today also heard from Fr Peter McVerry and focused on practical solutions to the homelessness crisis.
# poor health
'Doctors are leaving the country and patient safety is being compromised'
The IMO says that health cuts cannot continue.
# budget 2015
'I wouldn’t dare do such a thing': After Enda's scolding, Leo isn't talking about the Budget this week
The Health Minister was remaining tight-lipped about the Budget this morning.
# mixed feelings
Irish consumers not so happy, but thanks for asking
Latest customer sentiment survey down last month after hitting a seven-year high in July.
# Water Charges
We need to get ready for "one last gasp of austerity" in 2015 --- economist
The quarterly water charge set to hit households from January will effectively “suck” money out of the system, economist Tom McDonnell says.
Joan Burton: 'Eamon is here and in very good form'
There’s no grudge being held, it seems.
Voices
Column: 'Ireland's road to recovery depends on whether we're going to bring everyone with us'
A job is no longer a guarantee of economic security and women are particularly vulnerable to precarious work and low wages.
# Fine Gael Think-In
Leo: "I don't mind being slapped down or scolded. I'm a big boy."
The Health Minister has been on the receiving end of a rebuke from the Taoiseach in recent days.
# over stimulation
Estate agents to Government: Don't 'reinflate the housing bubble'
Savills say that the mortgage guarantee scheme could do just that.
# budget 2015
"Boom and bust" cycle at an end, hopefully --- Howlin
This morning’s Cabinet meeting could be a tense one after Leo Varadkar’s comments yesterday about the Budget…
# budget 2015
Let's bring in tax cuts worth €400 million, says business group
The ‘fear factor’ that that has long gripped consumers is now easing, says IBEC. The business group says the time is right to bring in a raft of tax cuts.
# quick fix
Is attracting more foreign companies to Ireland really a recipe for growth?
In the run-up to Budget 2015, Dr Daragh McGreal looks at the benefits and pitfalls of foreign direct investment.
Voices
Aaron McKenna: There’s only one sensible thing to do in this budget – cut taxes
For the first time in a long time, we’ll have some room in this budget to play around with spending hikes or tax cuts. USC should the first to go.
# budget 2015
Tax increases and expenditure reductions of €2.1bn won't be necessary - Howlin
He said that the government are not in the giving back phase just yet.
# budget 2015
Higher alcohol prices are working - don't lower excise duty, says charity
Alcohol Action Ireland is also calling for the introduction of minimum pricing to target binge drinking.
# not payback time
Ministers don't want to play "fast and loose" with Budget 2015
The Tánaiste said that the economic recovery needs to be cemented.
# summer's over
Guess who's back?... Golan and Budget top the agenda, as Ministers return from break
It’s back to the grind for Enda, Joan and their ministers — and there’s some serious work to get through.
# budget 2015
Budget cuts could be "significantly less" says Noonan, but don't leap for joy just yet
The minster says cuts will have to be made, even if they are less than previously thought.
# no cheque please
"We're not in a position to write large cheques": Enda plays down tax-cut talk
The Cabinet’s back tomorrow, and the Budget’s in six weeks. But the Taoiseach’s not giving much away…
# In the rough
Why Ireland is a bit like Padraig Harrington when it comes to being competitive
In the run-up to Budget 2015, Dr Daragh McGreal looks at why Ireland has lost its competitive edge.
# Budget battle
With 48 days to Budget 2015 Fine Gael and Labour are already drawing their battle lines
Fine Gael is talking tax cuts while Labour is all about wage increases.
# payslip
Poll: Would you like to see income tax or the USC cut in the next Budget?
Which cut would be more beneficial for you?
# great success
Irish restaurants say cutting VAT has created more than 30,000 new jobs
VAT was cut from 13.5% to 9% in July 2011.
# budget 2015
'Budget 2015 should give money back to consumers'
Retail Ireland wants the retail sector to be boosted in October.
# budget 2015
If 13 cent of every €1 raised in taxes pays down debt what can be done to ease the burden?
In the run-up to Budget 2015, Dr Daragh McGreal looks at the issue of Ireland’s ‘unsustainable’ debt.
# Cuts
Don't go beyond €500 million in budget cuts - that's what Investec are telling the Government
Positive economic trends on nearly every front make for an easier budget.
# Irish Rail
Talk of closing railway stations "totally premature"
A review of rail services is currently underway in anticipation of Budget 2015.
# Taxing Issue
Postmasters say that moving motor tax to post offices would save €27 million
The IPU wants the measure introduced in the Budget.
# Taxing matters
Why do we pay more VAT on hairdressing than we do on greyhounds?
In the run-up to Budget 2015, Dr Daragh McGreal looks at the various arguments around lowering the rate of VAT.
# Counting the days
There are just 66 days until the next Budget so let's talk about how much we should cut
€2 billion, €1 billion or should we aim for a neutral budget. Let’s start the debate…
# Homelessness
39 families were made homeless in July in Dublin alone
Focus Ireland say that many are losing homes because of the failure of the rent supplement scheme.
# SME
SMEs call for Budget 2015 to focus on competitiveness
ISME also says keeping the 12.5% corporation tax is essential to the recovery.
# Good News
"Less cutbacks, less tax increases" needed for Budget 2015 --- Noonan
Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin say we’ll need less of an adjustment than initially thought… But it’s too soon to say how much less.
# drip drip drip
The next Government will have to hike water charges - ESRI
The light at the end of the tunnel is still “some way off”, Professor John Fitzgerald said this morning.
# Back in the black
Economy set to grow 3.3% this year (and we won't be getting that harsh budget after all)
Merrion Stockbrokers is bullish on the economy, and says that an adjustment of only €1 billion is needed in Budget 2015.
# budget 2015
Michael Noonan says that Ibec's budget sums "are at best a guesstimate"
The employers’ group says that now is the time to give consumers a break from austerity.
# Growing pains
Should families with teens be given more money to feed them?
A food poverty charity has asked Joan Burton to consider ow expensive it is to feed teenagers when drafting the next Budget.