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# Budget

Last year
Budget must be ‘balancing act’ between helping vulnerable and stoking inflation, watchdog warns
The Fiscal Advisory Council said Ireland’s economic recovery has lost momentum in recent months.
'I don't say it lightly': Housing crisis is a breach in the social contract, says Tánaiste
In an exclusive interview, Leo Varadkar also indicated the minimum wage is to increase.
Varadkar says the Government needs to have "another go" at fixing the housing crisis
Renters need more help, declares Tánaiste
However, Budget 2023 will not have all the solutions to fix property situation
Call for all social welfare payments to be increased by €20 as older people 'turn off heating'
Age Action said the State Pension should be increased by at least €23 in the Budget.
Costs of climate action measures and Slaintecare not properly recorded, committee told
The pensions issue, climate financing and healthcare reform are the main challenges for Ireland’s finances.
Defence spending boost confirmed but doubt cast over several key reform proposals
A new high level action plan on the Defence Forces has been launched this morning.
Budget aims to help 'most vulnerable' and the 'squeezed middle', says McGrath
Cabinet could decide next week to bring the Budget forward to the end of September.
Eamon Ryan 'wouldn't object' to bringing Budget forward to September
The Minister for Transport said the matter will be discussed at Cabinet next week.
High-earning public servants to have pay restored, as Varadkar admits timing 'isn't the best'
The public servants due to have their pay restored include medical consultants, members of the judiciary and some CEOs.
The good, the bad and the alright: Ireland's healthcare system compared to the rest of the EU
Our interactive graphs showing where Ireland ranks compared to other EU countries.
Parents paying nearly €800 in monthly fees per child in childcare, report finds
A new report finds that the average weekly fee nationally per child for full day childcare is €186.84.
Living wage proposals to be brought to Government before summer, says Varadkar
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said indexing the tax bands further is needed now more than ever.
Govt to take further action on rising cost of living before October's Budget, says Varadkar
Varadkar said the cost of living was rising even before the war in Ukraine, and now it has only gotten worse.
All time
€1.8 million in mental health funding allocated to low-emission vehicles for HSE community services
€7 million of a one-off €10 million fund has been earmarked for improving the experiences of people using mental health services.
'Pent-up demand' could see a record 1.75m passport applications to process next year
The number of passports has never even reached 1 million in a year before.
'Both challenging and not ambitious enough': Why the carbon budgets are a huge deal for Ireland
Ireland’s first proposed carbon budgets were finalised yesterday.
Explainer: What is the Fuel Allowance and who can qualify for it?
It was announced in the Budget this week that the Fuel Allowance would increase by €5 per week.
Fuel Allowance increase won't be paid out until November - but will be backdated
It was confirmed on Tuesday that the allowance was increasing by €5 to €33 a week.
ESRI warns of 'real cuts' to low-income families and retired couples if prices keep rising
The research into Tuesday’s budget was published by the Economic and Social Research Institute.
Hospitality groups express disappointment at ending of reduced VAT rate next August
Finance minister Paschal Donohoe confirmed that the 9% rate will finish – as planned – at the end of August 2022.
Budget 2022: What measures were announced today to support parents of young children?
A number of changes to benefit parents and children with childcare were announced today.
350 new primary school teachers and over 1,000 new SNAs announced in Budget
Primary school class sizes are set to be reduced.
Budget 2022: What can we expect - and what are the non-runners?
The budget will take place on 12 October.
Government urged to invest portion of sugar and betting tax in physical activity
The Federation of Irish Sport also has three other key ‘asks’ in its pre-budget submission.
Poll: Should the Government increase the minimum wage in the budget?
Leo Varadkar has hinted that the minimum wage must match inflation.
Government's 'risky' budget strategy could put debt on 'unsustainable path', watchdog warns
The Fiscal Advisory Council said there are “clear needs” to tackle housing, health and climate shortfalls.
Health minister hopeful of Budget boost for Irish cancer services
Stephen Donnelly said he expected the health service to see an increase in the number of patients presenting with cancer in the coming months.
Government announces €3.5 billion plan to get the economy through Covid
The Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be phased out as part of the Covid-19 stimulus plan.
The Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be phased out as part of the Covid-19 stimulus plan
The Covid wage subsidy scheme will be extended until the end of the year
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the pandemic caused "the most rapid and dramatic recession recorded outside of the world wars"
People who have bought new homes since 2013 will now have to pay property tax
From PUP changes to how to spend the EU billion - here's what's in the government's Covid stimulus plan
From PUP changes to how to spend the EU billion - here's what's in the government's Covid stimulus plan
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the plan will prompt our economy “to take off like a rocket in the months ahead”.
Details of €50 million pandemic funding for live performance sector announced
The fund was originally announced in the budget last October.
Fiscal watchdog criticises 'surprisingly large' public spending by government unrelated to Covid-19
The IFAC warned that new levels of spending will remain after the pandemic.
Children’s Hospital contractor sought extra claims totalling 'in excess of €200 million', TDs told
The completion date for the project is also being pushed back further.
Stay and Spend Scheme 'here to stay', say ministers
Sinn Féin has called for vouchers to be given to people to spend in restaurants.
Billions set aside to deal with Covid-19 fallout next year
Contingency money and a recovery fund of over €5bn has been put aside for next year.
How the 2021 Budget will impact social welfare payments
The government released its €17.75 billion Budget package earlier today.
Budget 2021: Here are the main points you need to know
The government has revealed the biggest budget in the history of the State. How does it affect you?
Supports in Budget will bring 'some degree of confidence' to publicans, Vintners Federation says
Paschal Donohoe announced the various reliefs for the hospitality sector today.
Arts sector: €50m support for live events announced in Budget 2021
Michael McGrath said Covid has had a “devastating impact” on arts, cultural and sporting activities.
'We must grasp the nettle': The health service is getting an unprecedented €4bn boost
The funding allows for hundreds of new beds.
Poll: Are you worried about the Budget?
No income tax increases or cuts are expected, but tweaks to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) are on the cards.
Plans to 'reverse PUP cuts and double investment in housing': Sinn Féin launches alternative Budget
Sinn Féin said it would aim to spend €18.28 billion in total, €6.28 billion more than the government’s target.