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#Brendan Howlin

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 15 October, 2014

Michael Noonan: No, the Budget wasn't 'a series of smart-alecky tricks'

The Finance Minister denied that the Government should have been more cautious in Budget 2015.

Micheál Martin doesn't like that Noonan and Howlin tweeted about their ties yesterday...

… and didn’t listen to opposition speakers’ response to the Budget announcement

Child benefit could be increased by even more than a fiver in Budget 2016 Thinking Ahead This post contains videos

Child benefit could be increased by even more than a fiver in Budget 2016

A small increase in child benefit was announced as part of the Budget yesterday.

Four years, 10,000 units: Here's how the Government plans to boost social housing

Brendan Howlin’s announced €2.2 billion in spending… Here’s how the money will be used.

The main things you really need to know from Budget 2015

Taxes, cigarettes, child benefit….

# brendan-howlin - Tuesday 14 October, 2014

BUDGET 2015: As it happened (and what it did to and for you)

Tax changes, eye-catching bumps to cigarettes and child benefit: but was this a budget to signal the end of austerity?

Here's Brendan Howlin's Budget speech in full

Hot on the heels of Michael Noonan, here’s what the Minister for Public Expenditure had to say.

Good news for Heather Humphreys --- she's getting €4 million to spend on 2016

Her Department’s being given €212 million in total to spend, as part of Budget 2015.

200 more gardaí on the way (and money for new cars too)

Frances Fitzgerald says it’s a “breakthrough” budget for her department. Recruitment is set to begin in the next few weeks.

People on the dole will get a Christmas present from the government this year

The Christmas Bonus will be reintroduced this year – one of two increases in the area of social welfare announced in today’s Budget.

Here's Michael Noonan's Budget 2015 speech in full

6,000 words, 44 minutes, and lots and lots of new policies…

Here's why people who make (and like) craft beer should be happy today

Finance Minister Michael Noonan is unveiling his Budget measures this afternoon.

All tie'd up: Howlin faces tough decisions on Budget wardrobe

James Connolly even gave his sartorial advice.

Well done you guys: Howlin says today about rewarding 'incredible effort of the Irish people'

Meanwhile, Mary Lou McDonald has said that the proof of austerity being over will be in the pudding.

Here's Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin introducing Budget 2015 Budget 2015 This post contains videos

Here's Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin introducing Budget 2015

Howlin remarks that, ‘All the hard work has paid off and we’re in a position to spend’.

# brendan-howlin - Thursday 9 October, 2014

The government says they'll cut our taxes in the Budget, but how are they going to do it?

We don’t know anything definitive yet, but plenty of hints have been dropped about easing the tax burden on Middle Ireland.

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 8 October, 2014

'Jobs lost here at home' as foreign firms cash in on Ireland's public purse

The government should “think small first” and keep more tenders in Irish hands, SFA says.

# brendan-howlin - Monday 6 October, 2014

Here are 7 things we know about the Budget so far

With just over a week to go, we’re getting excited.

# brendan-howlin - Tuesday 30 September, 2014

None of Enda Kenny's cabinet colleagues asked him to explain 'McNulty-gate' today

Meanwhile, Brendan Howlin has announced changes to the way state board appointments are made today.

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 3 September, 2014

Tax increases and expenditure reductions of €2.1bn won't be necessary - Howlin

He said that the government are not in the giving back phase just yet.

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 13 August, 2014

The 5 ministers whose special advisers still breach the government's €92k pay cap

The government’s breach of its own pay ceiling for advisers has been controversial in recent years.

# brendan-howlin - Saturday 9 August, 2014

Union welcomes Howlin’s plans to slowly reverse public sector pay cuts

Impact said that the move is welcome, and agreed that it should be a gradual process.

# brendan-howlin - Sunday 3 August, 2014

Howlin wants to know what you think about public bodies sharing data

A public consultation process has been announced ahead of the publication of the Data-Sharing and Governance Bill.

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

"Less cutbacks, less tax increases" needed for Budget 2015 --- Noonan

Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin say we’ll need less of an adjustment than initially thought… But it’s too soon to say how much less.

# brendan-howlin - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

Whistleblower protection legislation comes into effect today

The Protected Disclosures Act 2014 covers all employees, including gardaí and members of the Defence Forces.

# brendan-howlin - Tuesday 8 July, 2014

Howlin: 'I am going to work away until somebody tells me that I shouldn't' Reshuffle This post contains videos

Howlin: 'I am going to work away until somebody tells me that I shouldn't'

The Public Spending Minister is in the dark about the looming Cabinet reshuffle.

# brendan-howlin - Tuesday 1 July, 2014

The €15 fee for Freedom of Information requests is being abolished FOI

The €15 fee for Freedom of Information requests is being abolished

The government has agreed amendments to the FOI Bill at Cabinet today with campaigners giving them a cautious welcome.

"Worth considering": Howlin talks up Gilmore's credentials for EU job

The Public Expenditure Minister was asked whether the outgoing Labour leader would make a good Commissioner on his way into Cabinet this morning…

# brendan-howlin - Friday 20 June, 2014

Here's what you need to know about Brendan Howlin's new lobbying law

A Bill published by Brendan Howlin will essentially deal with: ‘Who is contacting whom and about what’.

# brendan-howlin - Thursday 19 June, 2014

Opinion: Enda — don’t blow the recovery on a PR stunt

Giving tax cuts in the upcoming budget would be popular, but it’s not the right thing to do.

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

'We're a normal country now': Brendan Howlin said goodbye to the IMF's man in Dublin today

“I met him to say goodbye to him, he’s leaving next week,” Brendan Howlin said today.

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 11 June, 2014

The ten commandments for a better civil service

If they were good enough for Moses…

# brendan-howlin - Tuesday 10 June, 2014

Cooke report into 'bugging' of GSOC headquarters to be published tonight

It is unknown when the report in to the bugging of GSOC headquarters will be published.

# brendan-howlin - Friday 6 June, 2014

Have your say: TDs and Senators want to know what you want in Budget 2015

The Oireachtas Finance Committee is inviting written submission on Budget 2015.

# brendan-howlin - Thursday 5 June, 2014

TD calls for Tuam mass grave to be declared a crime scene

Catherine Murphy was among those to call for a full public inquiry into the situation.

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 4 June, 2014

Brendan Howlin grilled on the housing crisis and cuts to public services

One TD pointed out that “We need 1 staff member per 4 patients but instead we’ve got 1 per 8 during the day and 1 per 12 during the night”.

# brendan-howlin - Wednesday 28 May, 2014

I'm out: Brendan Howlin tells colleagues that he doesn't want to be Labour leader

There is still no firm indication as to whether anyone else will battle for the Labour leadership with Joan Burton though junior minister Alex White has not ruled himself out.

# brendan-howlin - Tuesday 27 May, 2014

The contenders: Labour's leadership battle is taking shape, but one minister has ruled himself out

Brendan Howlin and Alan Kelly have both said they will decide on their intentions in the next 48 hours.

# brendan-howlin - Monday 26 May, 2014

Here's who is in the frame to become the new Labour leader

Joan Burton’s short odds, but does she have it sewn up?

# brendan-howlin - Sunday 25 May, 2014

Smacking, shellacking and John The Baptist - Election 2014 in quotes

Politicians on both sides have been singing a surprisingly similar tune the last couple of days…