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# Public Spending

This year
Why the government is set to break its own budget rules for the second year in-a-row
Paul O’Donoghue looks at why government is going against advice from serious entities.
Last year
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.
All time
Tax cuts vs public spending: Where do you want to see money go?
A new poll shows a division in public opinion on the topic.
Right2Water wants to scrap water charges and hike spending by €9.4bn. Here's how it will pay for it:
They’ve put together a shopping list of demands for any new government.
Column: Austerity isn't working – so what alternatives exist for October's Budget?
Despite the growing number of voices criticising austerity as a method to meet deficit targets, the government has indicated there is more to come. This situation can’t continue, writes Rory Hearne.
HSE defends €300,000 autism spend in Reilly's political area
Róisín Shortall has called for an end to ‘potential cronyism and secret decision-making around public spending’.
This is the moment the Greek version of RTÉ went off-air
The Greek government has shut down state broadcaster ERT’s TV and radio stations, with the loss of nearly 3,000 jobs, in order to save money.
Welfare, health and transport cuts confirmed in revised Budget figures
The government’s revised estimates for public spending in 2012 affirm where the State plans to send its money this year.
Taxes on texts and junk food proposed by Social Justice Ireland
Social Justice Ireland that a €3.5bn budget adjustment can be achieved without cutting social welfare or child benefit.
HSE's €130m spending cut 'will be vigorously opposed'
Health service says cuts have to be made before the end of this year if it is to meet budget targets set down by the government and Troika.
Column: Forget about our ‘economic sovereignty’ – let’s look at what matters
Fears over ceding our sovereignty are misplaced – people do it all the time, writes Ronan Lyons. Here’s what we should be focusing on instead.
France 'needs up to €10bn to plug public deficit', says finance minister
The French finance minister says that his country is looking for between €7bn and €10bn.
Column: Spending public money - where's the master plan?
Former trader Nick Leeson has an idea to sort out the State coffers – get a bunch of hard-nosed business people to assess the waste and root out value for money.
Column: Why should our government have the right to hide from its citizens?
Our leaders are spending our money in our names, writes Aaron McKenna – so why won’t they let us know how?
Slideshow: Today's Budget 2012 front pages
From boosting the property market to fuel tax and VAT increases, check out what the front pages have to say about the Budget this morning.
Budget 2012 liveblog
Join us for live video and text commentary, as Michael Noonan tells us how he plans to raise €1.6bn in extra taxes next year.
Here’s Michael Noonan’s Budget 2012 speech… as a word cloud
A pictorial representation of Michael Noonan’s Budget 2012 speech, as delivered to Dáil Éireann this afternoon.
In full: Michael Noonan's Budget speech to the Dáil
The full text, as prepared in advance, of Michael Noonan’s Budget 2012 speech to the Dáil delivered this afternoon.
Column: This Budget will cut 15,000 jobs from our economy
Enda Kenny called it a ‘Budget for jobs’ – but the very opposite is the truth. We can expect dole lines to lengthen, writes Michael Taft.
Budget 2012 (pt 1): the main points of Brendan Howlin’s announcement
Part one of Budget 2012 has been delivered by Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin, here’s what we’ve found out today.
Child benefit cuts will target families with three or more children only
The cut will not apply to all child benefit payments – only those for third and subsequent children, according to reports today.
Readers' Panel: What are you expecting from the Budget?
We spoke to a wide range of readers about their hopes and fears for this week’s Budget. Here’s what they had to say.
The Daily Fix: Saturday
Catch up on the day’s main news as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…
The Daily Fix: Sunday
Catch up on the day’s main stories, as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…
Budget 2012: The cuts (and petitions) outlined so far…
Property charges, VAT increases and One Parent Family payments: Looking ahead to some of what may feature in next month’s Budget 2012 announcement.
ESRI report warns of effect of 'optimism bias' on value of infrastructure projects
A new study from the ESRI says that rail projects typically overestimate their projected passenger levels, while road projects underestimate their traffic growth.
Taoiseach defends apparent U-turn on advisers’ salary cap
Gerry Adams accuses Enda Kenny of breaching his own promise about the extent of pay for special advisers.
Gilmore: ECB official's comments are annoying and unhelpful
An ECB economist suggested Irish public sector pay should be cut. The Tánaiste wasn’t impressed.
Find 20 per cent in government spending cuts, ministers ordered
Minister Brendan Howlin has asked his cabinet colleagues to submit far-reaching plans to slash spending.
Govt to slash public spending, lower tax bands in December budget
The Government has revealed some of the hard-hitting measures it will take in the December Budget and it makes tough reading for some.
Chiefs of Bord Gáis, ESB and An Post still won’t say they will take pay cut
Pat Rabbitte asked the heads of the three semi-States under his remit to accept voluntary pay cap of €250,000 a month ago – they still haven’t given him an answer.
Expect further public spending cuts, says Gilmore
Tánaiste warns further cutbacks are necessary, as government departments reportedly warned of losing up to 15 per cent of their budgets.
Ireland has largest government deficit in the EU
We’ve managed to beat fellow bailout recipients Greece and Portugal for government deficit in percentage of GDP.
US budget passes crucial vote
Terse negotiations over budget which includes $38bn in public spending cuts will now go forward for a Senate vote.
Ireland's deficit will be largest in eurozone for 2010
Figures released by Department of Finance show forecasts for state income and expenditure in 2010 and 2011.
Ireland unlikely to dodge out on debt, says IMF
But we’re not out of the woods yet.
ECB urges spending cuts
Slashing spending and public sector pay is the only way to recovery, says Jean Claude Trichet.