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# the heartland
Here's how families will be affected by the Budget
Child Benefit is up by a fiver and the Respite Care Grant has been restored.
# budget 2016
People without jobs will get a €141 Christmas bonus
There will also be increases to the respite care grant and child benefit.
# fiddy cent
The minimum wage is going up to €9.15 per hour
It’s an increase of 50c on the old rate.
# work it out
How does Budget 2016 affect you? calculator will do the sums for you
Income tax, USC, tax credits… will you have more money or less after today’s Budget?
# gaffs
Nama to build 80 new homes a week over next five years
Most of these will be houses and there will be a focus on starter homes.
# budget 2016
IN FULL: Michael Noonan's Budget speech
“No more booms and bust.”
# cashless society
That €5 you get charged for your ATM card is no more
But there is something to replace it…
# Smoking
You'll now have to break a €20 to buy a pack of cigs
Cigarette packs will increase by 50c, while petrol and alcohol duties are to remain unchanged.
# Bingo
PLAY: Budget Bingo 2016
Let’s break up the no-craic zone.
# budget 2016
Open thread: What is the one thing you want to see in today's Budget?
Tax cuts? More medical cards?
# budget 2016
Here's everything we know about the Budget so far
The announcement is not until tomorrow but details are already emerging.
# SocDems
Could it really cost just €13 million to abolish Irish Water?
The Social Democrats made the claim while launching their pre-budget submission this morning.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you concerned about tomorrow's Budget?
Tax cuts and spending increases worth €3 billion will reportedly be unveiled – twice what was previously expected.
# Looking Back
We're being promised lots of shiny things - but here's what WON'T be in Budget 2016
The past is a foreign country, they say.
# Analysis
Does raising tax on cigarettes actually work?
Is the increasing price of tobacco as good for our fiscal and physical health as it might appear?
# budget 2016
How the Socialists would abolish water charges, property tax and USC for low-earners
Paul Murphy talks about AAA’s radical alternative to current government policy.
# fighting words
'Fine Gael don't care too much about ordinary people'
Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesperson Michael McGrath had some strong words for the government today.
# avoiding the issues
Sinn Féin thinks that all this election "spin" is nothing but a "con job"
The party says the the public have choices.
# irish waterloo
"Lucky general" Michael Noonan taking credit for Brian Lenihan's plan - FF
The party launched their alternative budget this morning.
# budget 2016
An awful lot of you want USC abolished altogether
No surprises there, but how many say we should keep it?
# squeezed middle
Should we cut welfare for the middle-class?
That’s what a new right-wing think tank want.
# flat tax
Renua's radical plan to abolish loads of taxes and the TV licence
The party has proposed the introduction of a flat rate of 23% on all income.
A wealth tax is a possibility. You don’t need to be a member of the far left to call for this
Instead of cutting taxes and USC, politicians should start spending more, writes Julien Mercille.
# On the up
It looks like the Irish economy is now taking off like a rocket
Just as Michael Noonan said it could three years ago.
# Shinnernomics
This man doesn't care that Sinn Féin 'scares the bejaysus' out of some people
Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty dropped by to give us the Sinn Féin alternative.
'People will make their own choice' - Taoiseach says spending promises are not electioneering
The governments capital investment plan was announced today at Heuston Station.
# Election 201?
When's the election? Enda has just dropped a big hint
2015 or 2016?
# swede relief
Top Irish earners are paying more tax than the Swedes
And those on high incomes should pay less, one group says.
# the next season
The Dáil's back today. Here are 7 things to look forward to in the new political season
An election looms…
# Age Action
Irish pensioners made to choose between heat and food need extra €5 a week
Age Action is calling for increases to the State pension and the living alone allowance.
# showbiz baby
Enda Kenny says it's "Goodbye showtime - hello stability"
Whatever that means.
# budget 2016
The government's financial advisers are totally cool with plans to spend an extra €1.5 billion
They’re generally not this relaxed.
# The leaks so far
Your USC is being cut, but what else do we know about Budget 2016?
With a month to go, the Budget leaks have begun in earnest.
# Happy Noonan
The hated USC is in line for a significant cut next month
The Finance Minister signalled that universal social charge will be prioritised in the Budget.
# Your Say
Poll: Should we add another 50 cent the price of cigarettes?
Are cigarettes expensive enough, or should Minister Noonan add another few cents?
# on the books
Eurostat's released its finding ... but the government's sticking to its guns on Irish Water
The European statistics agency says Irish Water has to remain part of the Exchequer’s accounts.
# sprung a leak
Right2Water wants to scrap water charges and hike spending by €9.4bn. Here's how it will pay for it:
They’ve put together a shopping list of demands for any new government.
# some neck
Drinking wine in Ireland is expensive. Really, really expensive
The National Off-Licence Association says it’s hurting smaller sellers.
# imf warning
Child benefit is 'staying as it is', regardless of what the IMF says
The Coalition is standing its ground.
# 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.