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# Spending Cuts

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Aaron McKenna: Another tough Budget… but do the numbers add up?
With another €3billion in austerity on the way, the Government’s economic forecasts are starting to look more like fairy tales.
Column: 4 myths about austerity… busted
Ahead of an anti-austerity march, Michael O’Reilly argues that Budget decisions are being driven by false premises.
Column: It’s time to examine our corporate tax rate
We’re regularly told that “everything is on the table” for the Budget, writes Michael Taft. So what about corporation tax?
Column: We’re told more austerity is inevitable. That’s not the whole story.
We hear a consensus that more big cuts are necessary – but there is an alternative, writes Tom Healy. Here it is.
Column: Austerity has an unequal impact on women. So let’s fix this.
Statistically speaking, spending cuts hit women hardest – but protecting disadvantaged groups should be at the heart of the Budget, write Orla O’Connor and Clara Fischer.
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.
Budget 2013: The speculation so far
Lots of speculation but no firm indication of what lies ahead this December. We round up what measures have been in the news and speculated on so far.
Column: End this ridiculous, wasteful culture of ‘salami slicing’
Not all areas deserve equal cuts – but there ARE some things we could do without, writes William Campbell.
Government policy is 'not an austerity strategy', says Howlin
The Minister for Public Expenditure also said economists’ calls to pour resources into a stimulus strategy reminded him of “Fianna Fáil circa 1977″.
Column: We need to stop taking money out of people’s pockets
Yes, we’ve got a deficit to deal with – but making ordinary consumers pay is hurting the wider economy as well as our wallets, writes Aaron McKenna.
Let us know: What would YOU do in the Budget?
Ireland must find savings of €3.8billion next week. How would you do it?
Two-thirds of people back Government's overall Budget strategy
An independent poll shows most people support the focus on spending cuts rather than tax increases.
Cabinet meets to finalise Budget spending cuts
Ministers are due to meet this morning for final discussions on next month’s Budget, with welfare expected to be on the chopping block.
Children's Hospital to go ahead but Metro North and DART underground shelved
The government’s capital expenditure announcements also included the news that the linking of the Luas lines will go ahead.
Capital spending cuts to be unveiled today
Several major projects are expected to be set aside as €750million is cut from the Government’s capital budget.
One in five small firms hiring staff in next three months
However, an industry association said the environment is still very challenging for small businesses.
€4 billion ‘should be cut in Budget 2012′
The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council says the government needs to cut €4 billion from its spending if the state is expected to meet its 2015 deficit target.
Government plays down apparent spending cuts revelations
Comments made by the Justice Minister in the Dáil last week about proposed cuts on the way in his department have been dismissed as figures taken from a savings proposal.
Taoiseach: “Everything is on the table” in December’s Budget
Enda Kenny says his government is ‘prepared to be radical’ in the Budget – and refuses to clearly rule out raising income taxes.
Government will publish a deficit reduction plan, says Minister
The Finance Minister has said that, next month, the government will publish a broad outline of spending cuts and tax increases planned for the next three or four years.
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.
We got a deal: Obama announces agreement that will avoid default
But not everyone’s happy including the president.
Roscommon Hospital A&E to close Monday
The emergency unit is being replaced by an ‘urgent care unit’, but what does that mean? What can it treat?
Column: Yes, the global economy is in turmoil... but banks have to start lending
Ireland needs to order its banks to resume lending to small and medium businesses in order to fuel a recovery, argues Nick Leeson.
While Greece riots, Italy passes €47bn austerity plan
Europe’s financial worries deepen as Italy plans for more austerity measures to balance its budget.
Stormont Executive approves budget cut plan
Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson have hailed the agreement as a ‘first class budget’.