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# budget 2019

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# Hospitality
'Stinks to the high heavens of Fianna Fáil-ism': Fury from hairdressers and restaurants after VAT hike
Budget 2019 reversed a VAT reduction during the recession, but some businesses say it will hit them very hard.
# in your pocket
Which Budget changes kick in today?
Many of the changes kick in today, and here’s how it will affect you.
# Cigarettes and Alcohol
Finance Minister was going to give smokers a break in Budget 2019 - but changed his mind
The department said the last-minute shift was for health reasons.
# ESRI
Corporate tax reliance leaves us 'highly vulnerable to the relocation of even one large company'
The ESRI has been looking at the impact Budget 2019 will have.
# Irish Fiscal Advisory Council
Government 'repeating past mistakes' and leaving Irish finances exposed, budget watchdog warns
The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council has warned that an economic slowdown is inevitable in coming years.
Voices
'Our living standards aren't improving because of the unwillingness by govt to correct market failures'
Despite strong headline growth figures, living standards in Ireland are actually below Italy and just a little above Cyprus, writes economist Robert Sweeney.
# Live
We put your questions about Budget 2019 to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
The Taoiseach joined us live in TheJournal.ie offices this morning.
# Facebook Live
What's behind the Budget 2019 decisions? YOUR chance to ask the Taoiseach
Get in your questions to the Taoiseach ahead of tomorrow morning’s Facebook Live.
# moving swiftly along
Poll: The budget is done, now do you want an election?
Does one logically follow the other?
Voices
'The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results'
Victor Duggan takes a deep dive into the good, the bad and the ugly of the housing measures in Budget 2019.
# budget 2019
Budget 2019: Here's what measures kick in today
There’s a number of immediate changes after yesterday’s budget.
# decisions decisions
Whatever happened to the carbon tax? It came down to a call between VAT and fuel hikes
Leo Varadkar said the government would ‘grasp the nettle’ and increase carbon tax. Today, it failed to deliver.
# budget 2019
Budget 2019: Winners and Losers
There’s good news and bad news….
# Health
Michael Harty to vote against Budget over 'uninspired' and 'inadequate' measures
The independent TD said he is “very disappointed” by today’s announcement.
# Housing Crisis
Government accused of 'a landlords' Budget' over tax break for landlords
Solidarity TD Paul Murphy TD made the charge after tax relief for landlords was announced.
# budget 2019
Late-night talks secure unwritten granny-flat grant promise, dependent on one pilot property
Shane Ross says the deal isn’t written down, but the finance minister calls it a sensible idea.
# Homelessness
Strengthening rent caps and 'first-class emergency accommodation': What the Budget means for housing
Almost 10,000 people in Ireland are homeless, with many priced out of the rental market.
# Recruitment Drive
Gardaí to recruit 800 new officers with €60 million funding increase
Funding of €95 million will be made available for overtime pay.
AS IT HAPPENED
Government unveils Budget 2019
Follow events as they happen this afternoon, with TheJournal.ie’s liveblog.
# Savings
Here's what Budget 2019 means for someone earning around €100,000
Changes to the Universal Social Charge and entry point levels mean savings of nearly €300.
# wage packet
Here's what Budget 2019 means for someone earning €40,000
This is what your savings will be.
# wage packet
Here's what Budget 2019 means for someone earning €30,000
This is what your savings will be.
# budget 2019
'Like eunuchs at a brothel': The blunt and bizarre opposition reaction to Budget 2019
Not everyone was happy with the budget.
# budget 2019
What will Budget 2019 mean for those earning around €50,000?
There will be some modest savings for earners next year.
# in your pocket
What Budget 2019 means for someone earning around €20,000
Thanks to changes to the Universal Social Charge, there will be some modest savings next year.
# budget 2019
€1.5 billion to go into a Rainy Day Fund
Another €500m is to be added to the fund annually from 2019.
# The Budget
Budget 2019: Here are the main points you need to know
How will today’s announcements affect you?
# budget 2019
Haircuts, meals out and Irish hotel stays likely to get more expensive as VAT rate returns to 13.5%
The tax was cut to 9% to stimulate the tourism industry in 2012.
# budget 2019
Parent-to-children inheritance tax threshold to increase by €10,000
The tax-free threshold is to increase from €310,000 to €320,000
# Social Welfare
Here's what Budget 2019 means for people receiving social welfare payments
The Christmas bonus will be fully restored for the first time since the economic downturn.
# budget 2019
Parents to get an extra two weeks' paid parental leave from next year
The measure will be introduced from November 2019.
# budget 2019
The price of a packet of cigarettes is set to go up by 50c
A 20-packet of a popular brand will now cost smokers €12.70.
# budget 2019
Donohoe announces details of new affordable housing scheme
A single person earning over €50,000 will be ineligible to apply.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you agree with plans to increase the VAT rate for hotels and restaurants by 50%?
Industry figures say it could lead to job losses in the sector.
# budget weather
Met Éireann warns of 'ferocious looking beast' as storm expected to hit overnight on Thursday
Today is set to generally be blustery, with strong and gusty southerly winds.
Voices
How marriage is all-important when examining your tax burden
Overall, Ireland’s labour income taxation system can be considered fair, however the benefits of saying “I do” may play a larger role in this than one might have expected, writes Shawn Britton.
# Watch this fiscal space
This is 'not an election budget': It's D-Day, so here's a look at how things will unfold
From a live stream to a Q&A, here’s what you can expect from TheJournal.ie on this Budget day.
# budget 2019
Most people want cost of cigarettes increased by fiver to fund cancer treatments
Budget 2019 is set to be unveiled tomorrow.
# sponsored by kbc
Figure out exactly how Budget 2019 will affect you with TheJournal.ie's calculator
Here’s how your tax bill, take-home pay and monthly spending will change.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you pay attention to the Budget?
Budget 2019 will be announced tomorrow, but are you going to take any notice of it?