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# Budget 2017

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# Alternative Budget
Sinn Féin wants to abolish the property tax at a cost of €440 million
The party also proposes a 7% levy on incomes over €100,000.
# tell me tell me
Which Budget measures kick in today?
The USC reductions do, for starters – but the social welfare changes don’t take effect for months.
# rising tide
Budget 2017 provided greatest gains to those on lowest incomes - ESRI
The family types with the largest gains are “non-earning lone parents and unemployed couples” according to the ESRI
# factcheck
FactCheck: Does this year's Budget include the biggest ever investment in health?
Questions surrounded one of the government’s biggest talking points from the Budget. FactCheck gets to the truth.
# factcheck
FactCheck: How many workers are on the minimum wage?
FactCheck attempts to referee a post-Budget dispute between a Fine Gael Junior Minister and an AAA-PBP TD.
# on the agenda
"Americans feel an awful lot of nasty things in private" - David McWilliams on Budget 17, Trump, and being back on our TVs
The economist is rebooting his TV3 economics show Agenda for a new audience.
# Budget 2017
Creches may have to publish their fees under new childcare package
It’s understood the department will be calling for all childcare services and creches to be transparent and publish the cost of their fees.
# Budget 2017
Coveney says including second-hand homes in first-time buyers scheme would drive up prices
The housing minister says first-time buyers are ‘locked out’ of the market.
Leaders' questions Bruton evades questions on publishing research into first-time buyers' tax rebate
Have a look to see if politicians are covering the issues that matter most to you.
# Housing
Online searches for new homes surge after Budget announcement
Interest in new homes was greatest in the Dublin area, along with the Dublin commuter counties, said one property website.
# ask a minister
WATCH: Simon Coveney and Katherine Zappone answer your questions about Budget 2017 asked your questions about housing and children live on Facebook this evening.
# restoration
Why are TDs getting a €5,000 'pay rise'?
Politicians have come under fire for wage restoration they are due next year.
# supply vs demand
Noonan defends first-time buyers plan as critics warn it will create 'bidding war'
Cutting VAT on new homes would have been a better approach, one economist has said.
# Budget 2017
There's been another massive hike in the price of cigarettes - but how much should a pack cost?
We asked the people of Dublin how much a pack of cigarettes should cost.
Leaders' Questions The morning after the day before
Follow the arguments blow-by-blow.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you consider becoming a guard?
An extra 800 new gardaí are due to be recruited in 2017.
# Cigarettes and Alcohol
'A pint for everyone': How the front pages are covering the Budget
There are very few puns.
# Policy
Tax avoidance clampdown expected to take in €50 million 'should yield €500 million'
Vulture funds were using the section 110 loophole to avoid paying huge amounts of tax.
# prime time battle
"I won't refer to your inexperience...": Noonan channels Reagan after Doherty raises age in TV debate
The Sinn Féin TD raised the Finance Minister’s age during a row in a panel debate on the Budget.
Who was this Budget for? Big business, landlords and property developers
It is summed up by the fact that while TDs will benefit by more than €50 a week, young unemployed people will get a miserly €2.70, writes AAA-PBP TD Paul Murphy.
# clock is ticking
When are the Budget changes kicking in?
Here’s what happens, when.
# Winning
The 'fiver Friday Budget': The fingerprints of a lot of politicians were all over yesterday
Politicians from multiple parties have been taking credit for yesterday’s Budget.
# Anglo-Irish Shock Waves
Does Budget 2017 protect the Irish economy from Brexit?
Finance Minister Michael Noonan stressed the importance of putting “in place safety nets to protect us against future economic shocks” from Brexit.
# not nearly enough
Reaction: 'Populist' Budget 'utterly fails' to improve lives of disabled people
An increase in payments from the Government of €20 “wouldn’t burn a hole in their pockets for long,” one campaigner said.
# garda recruitment
800 new gardaí will be recruited next year - but who will want that job?
The first recruitment campaign since the recession saw 20,000 people apply – just 5,000 people applied in the most recent drive.
Have your say: to host Minister Coveney and Zappone in Facebook Live
We’ll be live at 7pm tomorrow so get your questions on housing and children in now.
# Nokia 3210
Whose phone is that? A very familiar sound interrupted Michael Healy Rae in the Dáil this evening
Healy Rae was giving statements on the Budget when a well-known sound rang out.
# News Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Tuesday
Budget 2017 has landed, and Trump attacks his own party – it’s your budget day Evening Fix.
# young and broke
'There are lots of jobs available': Leo defends lower jobseekers' payments to young people
Young jobseekers will get an increase of €2.70 to their payment per week next year.
# you can quote me
"What Bertie Ahern would have done..." - Here's who said what on Budget Day
“Not at all Brexit-proof,” one lobby group leader said. “Shite,” said one (unnamed) TD.
# Budget 2017
Pensions up and charges down - How did the elderly fare in the Budget?
An increase in the State pension of €5 per week was the much heralded measure the Government announced today.
# you raise them up
Are you a parent? Here's what Budget 2017 will do for you
Subsidised childcare, increased benefits for single parents and tax cuts will all benefit families.
# Lisa Needs Braces
Your PRSI will now let you get a free teeth cleaning
# Policy
Budget 2017: 'The budget has failed to deliver for small businesses'
Capital gains tax is largely unchanged and there will be no movement on company share schemes yet.
# rural assistance
Investment in sheep and protection from Brexit: Here's what the Budget means to farmers
A number of measures have been introduced to try to ease the potential fallout from Brexit.
# Budget 2017
What Budget 2017 means for someone earning around €40,000
What does the budget mean for you?
# Winners and Losers
Here are the winners and losers in Budget 2017
Here’s who got something and who will feel like they lost.
What Budget 2017 means for someone earning around €100,000
Has it been a good or bad day for you?
# Budget 2017
What Budget 2017 means for someone earning around €20,000
Has the budget changed things for you?
"Not Brexit-proof" - there's a deal of good news for the self-employed today, but is it enough?
However the earned income tax credit still lags behind the €1,650 automatic deduction available to PAYE workers.