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# budget 2016

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# Money Money Money
These are the Budget measures kicking in today
Social welfare and the minimum wage both went up.
# slashed
Credit and debit card fees for retailers have just been halved
It remains to be seen whether businesses will pass the savings onto customers.
# Money In The Bank
Here is how much the reduced rate of USC will be worth to Enda and Co next year
The government is expecting USC to bring in around €4 billion.
# over a barrel
The government wants to take a much bigger cut from this
Taxes are going up on oil and gas production.
# Coalition
If Budget 2016 was a giveaway, it hasn't convinced voters
Most people are no more likely to vote for Fine Gael and Labour next year.
Voices
Debate Room: Should school start earlier to help working parents?
This is just one of the suggestions from two contributors working in the area of childcare who reflect on what’s needed to solve the childcare issues here in Ireland.
# Budget banter
This is what happened when Joan, Mary Lou and Lucinda debated the Budget
Some of the country’s most prominent female politicians gathered to debate the Budget in Dublin this morning.
# advance warning
Seán O'Rourke: Ministers did not threaten Budget phone-in walkout
The RTÉ presenter has moved to clarify matters this morning.
# Talking tax
Can we really just abolish the USC?
If re-elected Micheal Noonan has committed the government to phasing out USC as resources allow. Can it be done?
# advance warning
RTÉ says it's 'standard practice' to give ministers questions before Budget phone-in
A story in The Times reports on the advance warning given to Ministers Noonan and Howlin yesterday morning.
# Your Say
Poll: Did the coalition do enough to 'buy the election'?
That’s what they’re being accused of. But are you more likely to vote for Fine Gael and/or Labour in the wake of this week’s Budget?
# Dáil row
Watch an 'incredibly embarrassed' TD lash his former Labour colleagues
Colm Keaveney didn’t hold back in the Dáil this evening.
# spend spend spend
Survey finds majority of people thought Budget 2016 was good for Ireland
Michael Noonan has denied that the government had returned to the days of “when I have it, I spend it”.
# Punching gesture
What was Enda doing with his hands during Mary Lou's Budget speech?
There have been some raised eyebrows at the Taoiseach’s hand gesture in the Dáil yesterday afternoon.
# Early Risers
We're definitely not getting a bank holiday for the 1916 Rising next year
Bad news.
# budget 2016
What do people in Dublin think of Budget 2016?
We got reaction on the streets.
# Still Friends
Why was there no rent certainty in the Budget?
Michael Noonan says they just ran out of time.
# Your Say
Poll: How do you feel about the Budget?
Happy? Not happy? Couldn’t care less?
Voices
Are prefab villages really the future of housing?
Innovative solutions are required to solve the housing and homelessness crisis, not “off the shelf” solutions, writes Mary Hughes.
# The Budget
The Morning After: Here's what the papers made of Budget 2016
‘The Coppers Couple’ will do well out of this year’s package, according to the Times.
# Analysis
Did the government sweeten you enough to re-elect them?
Analysis: There was good news for lots of people yesterday, but can it convince them when they go to the polls?
# Budget 16
Why hasn't the USC been scrapped yet?
We were told back in 2011 that it was a temporary measure, but €4 billion every year seems to be too difficult to part with.
# budget 2016
Budget 2016 - here are all the main points
Anything that affects you, you’ll find it here.
# middle earners
What the Budget means to someone earning around €30,000
How does this change things for you?
# you're the judge
The good, the bad and USC: Here's what you had to say about Budget 2016
USC, Christmas bonuses, smoking tax…you had A LOT of opinions on it all.
# lower earners
What the Budget means for someone earning around €20,000
How does this change things for you?
# Test Yourself
Quiz: How much do you know about Budget 2016?
There’s a lot in it – how much attention were you paying?
# Not holding back
WATCH: With the Dáil chamber nearly empty, Pearse Doherty lets rip
There was some criticism of the lack of government presence in the Dáil as the opposition parties responded to the Budget.
# Centre of attention
Inside the highly unusual hotel at the centre of every Budget
Buswells Hotel is an integral part of Irish political life. So much so that until a few years ago the Dáil voting bell used to ring out in the bar.
# budget 2016
Free GP care extended to more kids, but not everyone's happy about it
The measure follows this year’s controversial introduction of free GP care for the under-6s.
# budget 2016
Here's what's changed with the Universal Social Charge in the Budget
The much-hated USC has been cut.
# High Earners
What the Budget means to someone earning around €100,000
How does this change things for you?
# HIGHER EARNERS
What the Budget means to someone earning around €50,000
How does this change things for you?
# budget 2016
WATCH: Noonan and Howlin's smackdowns got TDs all rowdy
“Who speaks of Syriza now?”
# Breakdown
Here are the winners and losers of Budget 2016. Where do you fall?
Tax cuts and welfare increases were the main elements of Budget 2016.
AS IT HAPPENED
BUDGET 2016: Here's how it all went down
Cuts to the much-hated USC, extra government spending and a couple of surprises – we keep you across it all.
# all about timing
When are the Budget changes kicking in?
Midnight tonight or 2016? Here’s when those Budget measures will come into effect.
# budget 2016
IN FULL: Brendan Howlin's Budget speech
“Today we reap the benefits of the hard work and resilience of the Irish people.”
# it's a no go
Sorry Leo, fizzy drinks won't be taxed
The Health Minister had asked for a 20% tax on the drinks to help tackle obesity.
# middle earners
What the Budget means for someone earning around €40,000
How does this change things for you?