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#Brendan Howlin

# brendan-howlin - Tuesday 13 October, 2015

BUDGET 2016: Here's how it all went down

Cuts to the much-hated USC, extra government spending and a couple of surprises – we keep you across it all.

IN FULL: Brendan Howlin's Budget speech

“Today we reap the benefits of the hard work and resilience of the Irish people.”

# brendan-howlin - Monday 12 October, 2015

Here's everything we know about the Budget so far

The announcement is not until tomorrow but details are already emerging.

Poll: Are you concerned about tomorrow's Budget? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you concerned about tomorrow's Budget?

Tax cuts and spending increases worth €3 billion will reportedly be unveiled – twice what was previously expected.

# brendan-howlin - Friday 2 October, 2015

It looks like the Irish economy is now taking off like a rocket

Just as Michael Noonan said it could three years ago.

# brendan-howlin - Saturday 19 September, 2015

Fancy a job as a public servant? The government is trying to fill 200 vacancies

A graduate recruitment campaign to fill the posts was launched yesterday.

# brendan-howlin - Monday 14 September, 2015

Your USC is being cut, but what else do we know about Budget 2016?

With a month to go, the Budget leaks have begun in earnest.

# brendan-howlin - Sunday 30 August, 2015

Labour's next leader, from most to least likely

Joan Burton is safe for now but who’s in the mix to replace her? We rank the contenders…

# brendan-howlin - Monday 20 July, 2015

Ministers don't have to explain most of their €1.4 million personal expenses

A new analysis of official figures by TheJournal.ie.

# brendan-howlin - Monday 13 July, 2015

The drive from Dublin to Wexford just got a whole lot quicker

The M11 is now open for business.

# brendan-howlin - Thursday 9 July, 2015

Cowen and Bertie under pressure to refuse 'disgusting' pension boosts

Several former cabinet ministers are in line for pension increases under the new public sector pay deal.

# brendan-howlin - Thursday 4 June, 2015

The government has been painting a too-rosy budget picture

Its fiscal advisory council has warned something will have to give.

# brendan-howlin - Friday 29 May, 2015

Most public servants will get €2,000 extra over the next two years

The government has struck a deal with public sector unions this evening.

# brendan-howlin - Sunday 24 May, 2015

Turns out no one wants a 21-year-old president No Country For Young Men This post contains videos

Turns out no one wants a 21-year-old president

Spare a thought for Niall Horan.

# brendan-howlin - Saturday 9 May, 2015

Brendan Howlin: There are "really weird people" who attack others online

The minister also tells us how he feels about being compared to one half of Morecambe and Wise.

# brendan-howlin - Friday 8 May, 2015

'The Dáil is full of men who will never need an abortion, we don't know what it's like'

A very passionate debate has just taken place in the Dáil.

# brendan-howlin - Thursday 7 May, 2015

Brendan Howlin thinks left-wing parties "thrive in chaos"

…and if those rumours of an €800 windfall for public servants are true.

Michael Noonan is copping a lot of flak for saying some people are 'allergic to work' Jobphobia This post contains videos

Michael Noonan is copping a lot of flak for saying some people are 'allergic to work'

Brendan Howlin, for one, doesn’t agree.

Public servants could be in for €800 windfall

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 6 May, 2015

We have to wait another six months to see garda records

The FOI Act has extended the deadline for Irish Rail, the ESB and Eirgrid also.

Irish people say what they really think about civil servants

There seems to be a disparity between people’s experiences and what they feel.

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 29 April, 2015

Howlin: I'm amazed people criticised the spring statement, it's full of 'real meat'

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…

It would cost €900 million to abolish Irish Water...

… according to Brendan Howlin.

# brendan-howlin - Tuesday 28 April, 2015

Has Michael Noonan given up on a bank debt deal?

Not quite, but it looks like the government is pursuing other options.

Why Fine Gael and Labour kickstarted their re-election campaign 10 months early

Analysis: The Spring Economic Statement was a PR exercise designed to be the opening salvo in a lengthy general election campaign.

As it happened: Everything you need to know about the spring statement Planning Ahead This post contains videos

As it happened: Everything you need to know about the spring statement

The government’s big announcement in the Dáil has been been criticised as a ‘PR exercise’. Here’s how it all unfolded.

Tax cuts and spending hikes: Are we back to the good times?

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…

# brendan-howlin - Thursday 12 March, 2015

Some really old laws are finally going to be repealed...

It’s one of almost 6,000 pre-independence regulations and orders that are to be repealed by the Government.

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 25 February, 2015

Snapshots: Here's what four years in government does to you...

It’s exactly four years since the last general election so how do some of our ministers look now compared to 2011?

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 18 February, 2015

Gerry to Enda: I'm trying to prick your 'golden circle' bubble

Several ministers lobbied to have their advisers’ salaries increased.

# brendan-howlin - Monday 19 January, 2015

Michael Noonan: We need to talk about public service pay rises

However, he added that he’d like people to have a way of inputting their priorities.

# brendan-howlin - Friday 12 December, 2014

This video of TDs arguing over nothing is everything that's wrong with the Dáil

“Agree to disagree?” “I don’t agree to that.”

# brendan-howlin - Thursday 11 December, 2014

Over 4,000 people are registering with Irish Water every day

Over 4,000 people are registering with Irish Water every day

The figures were revealed by Brendan Howlin in the Dáil this morning.

# brendan-howlin - Tuesday 9 December, 2014

Emergency legislation may be needed to close penalty points loophole

Thousands of points could be cancelled.

Poll: Do you have confidence in the Taoiseach? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you have confidence in the Taoiseach?

A confidence motion will be debated in the Dáil later today.

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 26 November, 2014

Government: Fianna Fáil is wrong, new state board rules WILL apply to Irish Water

The Department of Public Expenditure denied there was a loophole in the new guidelines.

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 19 November, 2014

Here's how much money Europe is giving us over the next seven years...

…and how it’s going to be spent.

# brendan-howlin - Sunday 9 November, 2014

Senior Labour minister takes aim at Enda & Joan's decision-making closed-shop

The powerful EMC – made up of the Taoiseach, Burton, and ministers Noonan and Howlin – generally addresses issues of economic policy, before they are put to the wider Cabinet.

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 29 October, 2014

The law allowing the government to cut public sector pay is being scrapped

The section that is being deleted allowed public service employers to take steps that would impact on non-core pay and working hours.

# brendan-howlin - Monday 20 October, 2014

Fancy a job as a public servant? Recruitment for 550 positions has started

The job will be filled over the next two years.