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# budget 2018

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# what's happening
Which Budget changes kick in today?
Changes to tax bands and USC take effect today – here’s how they’ll impact your pocket.
# budget 2018
Ireland is getting a new internship programme
The new scheme aims to target young people who find it difficult to enter employment.
# Policy
Budget 2018 is over - here are some important things you may have missed
Key details about tax – and tax avoidance – flew under the radar.
# Not Fair
Explainer: Why has a big post-Budget row erupted over women's State pensions?
Many are angry that their State pension payments are significantly smaller than they would have been before 2012.
# Live
We put your Budget 2018 questions to the Taoiseach and Minister for Finance
Watch it in full here.
'I'm not making changes because someone demanded it': Donohoe says Budget was Fine Gael's decision
The Taoiseach and Minister for Finance joined this evening to answer your questions about the Budget.
# Facebook Live
Watch: We answered all of your Budget 2018 questions live
USC cuts, tax band increases and the Christmas bonus.
# perfectly cromulent
Eamon Ryan used a Simpsons reference in the Dáil yesterday
A noble Budget embiggens the smallest man.
# perfectly cromulent
Eamon Ryan dropped a casual Simpsons reference in the Dáil yesterday
A noble Budget embiggens the smallest man.
# Housing Crisis
Budget 2018 measures will bring only 31 additional social housing builds next year
The housing budget was increased to €1.9 billion for 2018 but will result in only 31 new builds more than those we already knew about.
# Gaeltacht
Extra €2.5m to help Irish language outside the Gaeltacht and to create jobs within
Údarás na Gaeltachta said having a Taoiseach who spoke Irish was “without doubt” helpful to securing funding for the Irish language.
Debate Room: Has Budget 2018 moved towards solving the housing crisis?
Paschal Donohoe has delivered his first Budget. But has it been a Budget that tackles the housing crisis?
# cut the fizz
Coke, 7UP and... tonic water? The drinks that will be hit by the sugar tax
There will be a tax of 30c per litre on drinks with over eight grams of sugar per 100 millilitres.
# Festive Cheer
The Christmas bonus will be given at the start of December
The cost of the Christmas bonus is €219 million.
# Facebook Live
What's behind the Budget 2018 decisions? YOUR chance to ask Leo and Paschal
Get in your questions to the Taoiseach and Finance Minister ahead of tomorrow night’s Facebook Live.
# Savings
Here's what Budget 2018 means for someone earning around €100,000
Changes to the USC and the entry point level mean savings of at least €328 for these workers next year.
# budget 2018
What Budget 2018 means for someone earning around €30,000 a year
All in all, there haven’t been any major changes to what people will be taking home.
# Childcare
Have kids? Here's what Budget 2018 means for parents
An increase to some child benefits, investment in the State’s free childcare scheme and more teachers are among the changes.
# On your bike
'Modest' plan to increase number of electric cars and 'measly' cycling investment
Eamon Ryan is not impressed by the €3 million allocated to improve cycling infrastructure.
# in your pocket
What Budget 2018 means for someone earning around €20,000
Thanks to changes to the Universal Social Charge, there will be some modest savings next year.
# let's break it down
What Budget 2018 means for you if you earn around €40,000 a year
There’ll be more money in your pocket next year after new tax reductions were outlined by the government.
# budget 2018
Budget 2018: Here are the main points you need to know
How does this year’s Budget affect you?
# crisis point
Doctors say health budget will do little to improve 'overcrowded death zone' hospitals
Paschal Donohoe said health spending is already at record levels but is being increased because the area “needs improvement”.
# budget 2018
Find out how Budget 2018 will affect you with's calculator
Here’s how your take-home pay, tax and spending will change.
# fiver friday
All weekly social welfare payments to increase by a fiver from March
A Christmas bonus of 85% will be paid to social welfare recipients this year.
# thin blue line
'Getting to a better place': An additional 800 gardaí will be recruited in 2018
Paschal Donohoe said increased spending on gardaí must go hand in hand with reform in the organisation.
# what it means for you
More money in your pocket with cuts to USC and change to higher tax band
The entry point for single earners to get charged the higher rate of tax will increase from €33,800 to €34,550.
A sugar tax, €5 extra for welfare, and a huge plan for housing - Budget 2018 is revealed
Follow Budget 2018 as it happens.
# budget 2018
Vat rate on sunbed services almost doubles to 23%
Senator Catherine Noone said that sunbeds are currently defined as “care of the human body”.
# cigarettes not alcohol
The price of a packet of cigarettes is going up 50c from midnight tonight
A 20-packet of a popular brand will now cost smokers €12.
# hap increase
On the housing list? Here’s what Budget 2018’s doing for you
An increase to the Hap scheme and pledges for more social housing have been announced by the Minister.
# up early
'No fireworks, no big bonanza' - Leo's been managing expectations ahead of the Budget
It’s that time of year again.
# budget 2018
Poll: Will you tune into the Budget today?
Paschal Donohoe will take the floor at Leinster House at 1pm today.
# Budget 18
The Taoiseach and the Finance Minister join for Budget 2018 Facebook Live
Get ready with your questions and concerns as we host a special session with Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe this Wednesday evening.
# Property Prices
'We need bold measures': Government warned not to raise stamp duty in Budget
Estate agent Savills has urged the government not to raise stamp duty, while Guaranteed Irish wants a VAT cut on houses.
# let's face the music
There may be trouble ahead: A look back to the Budget of a decade ago
The Celtic Tiger was about to stop roaring.
# Your Say
Poll: Should there be a levy on non-recyclable plastics?
The Social Democrats want one.
# budget 2018
Two days out from the Budget, what can we expect?
One thing we know, it’s not going to be a giveaway budget.
# budget 2018
With nearly 700,000 on waiting lists, Harris pledges more investment in health services
Harris told consultants that Irish healthcare is at a “historic juncture” in a speech today.
# tax and spend
What's the number one thing you'd like to see in Tuesday's Budget?
Budget 2018 will be done and dusted in a matter of days – what would you like to see in it?