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# Cuts

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"Sickest and the poorest" set to be hit hardest by Budget cuts today
Budget speculation this morning is focused on increased prescription charges, cuts to medical cards and phone allowances for pensioners, and a decrease in dole payments for young unemployed people.
Consultants' association: HSE being driven by Troika demands, not patient welfare
The president of the IHCA also said that the HSE’s “unsympathetic” traits have led to action like the junior doctors’ strike which has created tensions among the ranks.
Poll: Are you worried about this year's Budget?
This year’s adjustment will be closer to €2.5 billion than €3.1, Michael Noonan has confirmed. We ask, how concerned are you about the effects of next week’s Budget?
Unions unhappy with proposed pension cuts for Aer Lingus and DAA workers
Last night, unions heard proposals that could see pensions cut by 15 per cent.
Concern about NAMA handing over properties it can't sell for social housing
Focus Ireland has said that there is a feeling that NAMA tries to sell off property and if they can’t, it is then proposed as social housing, though many of the agency’s properties are not suitable.
People from all over the country travel to Dáil Lockout protest
Protesters have gathered outside Leinster House since 5am this morning to protest against austerity.
Higgins: It is important that austerity does not erode the rights of citizens
Speaking at a reception for the new European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly, he said the connection between economy, society and government is profoundly important.
"The HSE is not fit for purpose" - Brendan Howlin
Howlin agreed that changing the health system is like “changing the spark plugs as the car is moving”.
Emergency motion on disability cuts to be brought to Dublin City Council
Sinn Féin Councillor Mícheál Mac Donncha is tabling the motion this evening.
Column: It's unacceptable how much people with disabilities are having to fight
Disability specific services are being cut and those with disabilities who are being refused medical cards – and people have had enough, writes John Dolan.
TD accused of 'recycling' two-year-old list of education cuts
Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has raised concerns about spending cuts proposed by Education Minister Ruairí Quinn ahead of October’s Budget, but Labour says he’s trying to “increase his personal profile”.
Disability Federation of Ireland hits out at Lynch letter to parents
A letter sent to parents in Galway says that some school leavers with intellectual disabilities will be offered places that will not “fully address requirements”.
Ruairi Quinn considers cutting grants; students say ‘don’t even think about it’
The Union of Students in Ireland say they are “ready and equipped” to fight any attempt to cut student grants.
Column: I hope I hold on to my health – I don’t think I can afford to get sick
With the number of older people in consistent poverty doubling over just one year, pensioner Gordon* explains what daily life is like for him – and how he fears for the future.
New Dublin Bus proposals include pay cuts for management
SIPTU has said it will ballot its members on the new recommendations early next week.
Mother: Cuts to my teen's day care will make me a prisoner in my own home
Young adults approaching the age of 18 will have no place in Stewarts Hospital in Dublin come September.
'No discussion' on cutting Child Benefit in Budget 2014
Is there a row in the camp over the issue?
Doctors withdraw from Primary Care Teams in major escalation of dispute
GPs voted unanimously to pull out from Primary Care Teams over the latest cuts imposed by the Government.
Eurozone ministers to decide if Greece should get bailout money
Minister Michael Noonan is in Brussels today for the talks.
Doctors warn patients: Expect long waiting times to see your GP
Doctors say government cuts will lead to the ‘normalisation’ of long waiting times. “This move is not only mean-spirited, it is stupid,” said one GP.
Chambers Ireland: ‘Targeted rate cuts urgently needed for businesses’
VAT reductions, rate cuts and halving the level of capital gains tax for entrepreneurs would increase consumer confidence say Chambers Ireland.
INTO organises protest at Leinster House against special needs cuts
The Irish National Teachers’ Organisationwill protest outside Leinster House next week to show members’ opposition to cuts to special needs assistants in primary school.
Tánaiste insists: We're not cutting the budget for special needs teaching
Children with special educational needs face a reduction in the amount of time allocated to them from next September. But Eamon Gilmore said this did not amount to a cut.
Varadkar urges unions to engage with Bus Éireann, says cuts can't be postponed
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar said that Bus Éireann would have to implement the LRC measures on 12 May unless “alternative approaches” could be found.
Aaron McKenna: We must sacrifice industrial peace to save the nation
We have been treating nurses and gardai as equal in importance to receptionists and quango directors, they are not equal in importance, writes Aaron McKenna.
Hayes: People shouldn't be fooled by union leaders
The Junior Minister said that those arguing for a No vote are “arguing for the unknown”.
Column: I cried when I heard about the mobility allowance cut - I can't take any more
The mobility grant gave me and my husband the chance to lead independent lives, with dignity, writes Miriam Murphy, who says this government are chipping away at the help for people with disabilities.
Avon Cosmetics ceases trading in Ireland, cuts 400 jobs
The company said today that the job cuts equate to about 1 per cent of Avon’s 39,100 employees.
Portugal PM announces severe spending cuts
As the EU warned the debt-hit nation to respect the aims of its international bailout.
Column: The EU need not look beyond its own borders to see widespread poverty
At 38 per cent, Ireland has the highest rate of children at risk of poverty in Western Europe. But, far from protecting the vulnerable, the government has introduced austerity measures that mean the rich get richer, writes Richard Manton.
Column: The success or failure of the UK's economic strategy matters greatly to Ireland
The UK budget being announced today has implications for Ireland too, writes James Kilcourse, who says as well as being a crucial trading partner, the UK is Ireland’s biggest rival for attracting foreign direct investment.
Government seeks pay cut for public servants earning over €60,000
The INMO has said this is just one of the many proposals that was put on the table and the union is waiting to hear the full package.
Gardaí bring bank statements to Commissioner meeting to highlight cuts
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said after the meeting he hopes nothing will be said or done to interfere with the public’s support.
Column: It’s easy for ministers on high salaries to ignore the importance of child benefit
An across-the-board cut to child benefit was not a good move – but ministers on big salaries are removed from the realities of the man on the street, Nessa Toale writes.
Bulgarian government resigns amid protests
Protests against soaring electricity prices escalated into nationwide demonstrations against the right-wing government in recent weeks.
Garda Commissioner to meet GRA as plans for industrial action get underway
The GRA said plans are in place for members to “turn off the goodwill tap” from 22 February if the government refuses to budge on pay cut proposals.
Gardaí "won't be sitting idly by" if pay cuts are proposed
The Garda Representative Association did not enter negotiations on the Croke Park Extensions – but if cuts are proposed, it may encourage members to begin industrial action.
Closure of 95 garda stations to go ahead today
Last night the Dáil voted down a motion tabled by Fianna Fáil to stop the closures.