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#Budget 2012

# budget-2012 - Thursday 15 December, 2011

Charity insists tenants should not be liable for household charge

A group representing landlords said its members would be forced to pass on the charge to tenants as TDs today outlined their reasons for not paying.

Opposition TDs outline plans for Household Charge boycott

Socialists and others have outlined a campaign where they will urge 1.6 million households not to register for the charge.

# budget-2012 - Wednesday 14 December, 2011

Column: The Government promised ‘war on quangos’ – so why are they creating new ones?

A whole new layer of bureaucracy is part of the Government’s fiscal plan, writes Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming.

# budget-2012 - Tuesday 13 December, 2011

Your best post-Budget 2012 money-saving tips

Over the weekend we asked you for your best tips on saving money over the coming year. Here’s a round-up of your top tips…

Ireland's economic growth forecast to hit just 1 per cent next year

Moody’s says that the fragility of the state’s economic recovery coupled with recent eurozone pressures mean growth won’t hit the govt target for 2012.

# budget-2012 - Monday 12 December, 2011

Budget 2012 will 'devastate' disadvantaged schools - INTO

The teachers’ union has said that disadvantaged schools will lose hundreds of teaching posts – which will instead be reallocated to schools in better off areas.

# budget-2012 - Sunday 11 December, 2011

Open thread: what are your best money-saving tips?

Now that we know what’s in Budget 2012, we want you to share your best cash-scrimping advice with TheJournal.ie’s readers…

Column: Of course we have recession fatigue - with added VAT

Government ministers were falling over themselves in June to tell us that a VAT reduction for the hospitality sector would create jobs – so what do they reckon a VAT increase to 23 per cent elsewhere will do?

# budget-2012 - Saturday 10 December, 2011

All community employment schemes under review, Minister confirms

Joan Burton said that schemes which “provide value for money” do not have “anything to fear” from the review.

# budget-2012 - Friday 9 December, 2011

From The Daily Edge Column: Cardinal Rules - On giving Brian Hayes a helping hand Opinion

Column: Cardinal Rules - On giving Brian Hayes a helping hand

This week, the (not) Primate of All Ireland reflects on the needy and vulnerable of Ireland, including members of Government who now have to subsist on only several thousand euro a week…

# budget-2012 - Thursday 8 December, 2011

140 companies closed in the last 7 days

One of the dissolved businesses had been established just over 50 years ago…

Banker who suggests future NAMA sell-off appointed as advisory group chair

Michael Geoghegan is the former CEO of HSBC and will be the chair of the NAMA advisory group set up by the Minister for Finance earlier this week.

Two senators nominated by Enda Kenny critical of Budget 2012

Katherine Zappone has questioned ‘external pressure’ on the Government’s choice of cuts while Jillian van Turnhout says it was not a child-friendly document.

Column: The right choices - was this an Irish Budget?

Independent Senator Katherine Zappone argues that the Government succumbed to external pressure to put the requirements of the troika over greater collective recovery and sustainability.

TDs begin debating Budget 2012's social welfare cuts

The Social Welfare Bill 2011 will be voted on by TDs tomorrow – but former Labour TDs Penrose and Nulty have broken ranks again.

Poll: Should people be helped onto the property ladder? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should people be helped onto the property ladder?

Do you agree with the Government’s plans to boost mortgage interest relief? Let us know…

Explainer: Changes to mortgage interest relief

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has introduced changes to the mortgage interest relief available to buyers and home owners as part of next year’s Budget – but what does it mean?

Bishops urge government to abandon cuts to child benefit

At their winter meeting, the Irish Bishops’ Conference welcomes the U-turn on disability benefit – but remain concerned.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things you should know this morning…

# budget-2012 - Wednesday 7 December, 2011

Bishops express concern over relations between Ireland and Vatican

In a statement, the Catholic bishops said: “A state’s foreign policy should include respect for the spiritual values of its citizens”.

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Infographic of the day: Budget 2012

The VAT increase, the Household Charge, cigarettes and alcohol – get all of the main points of Budget 2012 in two rather nifty infographics.

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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.

Government "will revisit" Budget cut to disability allowance

Enda Kenny says the proposal to cut disability benefit for young people by up to €111 per week will be reviewed.

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Nine things you should know this morning…

Budget 2012: What's already come into effect?

We have a quick look at the measures approved by the Dáil last night, and check which ones have come into effect already.

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Winners and losers of Budget 2012: In pictures

There was plenty at stake in the austere Budget presented by Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan over the past two days. This slideshow will fill you in…

Poll: How do you feel after Budget 2012? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: How do you feel after Budget 2012?

Do you feel more down in the dumps after Budget 2012 – or do you feel more relieved than you expected to? Tell us in our sentiment poll this morning…

Readers’ panel: How Budget 2012 has affected YOU

How is the Budget going to affect readers? We’ve asked a broad selection of readers what they think about the news from the past two days to find out.

# budget-2012 - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

'Secret' Anglo-Irish Treaty of 6 December 1921 now online

Today, the buzzwords are financial sovereignty. Exactly 90 years ago today, this treaty led to bitter war over Irish sovereignty.

Readers' Panel: Full-time carer

Ann Hughes had been concerned that Carer’s Allowance would be cut. The government left it alone – but there were other changes which will still affect her.

Readers' panel: Married with children

John, a father of five, says he’ll be hit hard by road tax and the cut in child benefit – and says that not enough is being done to support entrepreneurs.

Readers' Panel: Unemployed

Glyn Carragher is relieved that unemployment benefit hasn’t been cut – but is worried that the Government has taken no action on job creation.

Readers' Panel: Student

Budget 2012 has brought a €250 registration fee increase for third-level students, cut student grants by 3 per cent, and cut maintenance payments for new postgrad entrants.

Readers' Panel: Separated mother-of-four

Budget 2012 has seen cuts to child benefit for third and fourth children, changes to motor tax, and changes to the Universal Social Charge.

Readers' Panel: Single and working full time

Budget 2012 has seen an increase of 2 percentage points in VAT and an increase in tax on fuel.

GALLERY: A day of Budget protests at Leinster House Budget 2012 This post contains images

GALLERY: A day of Budget protests at Leinster House

Various lobby and protest groups held demonstrations in Dublin today, to coincide with the Budget announcements. Here’s a sample.

Readers' panel: Small business owner

Con Traas owns a small business in south Tipperary and is concerned about the effect of the rise in VAT rate.

Budget 2012: Motor tax hike of 7.5 per cent for most vehicles

Wondering how much your car will cost you next year? Read on for the full extent of tax and fuel hikes…

Government admits defeat on upward-only rent reviews

The government formally abandons legislation to abolish upward-only rent reviews, citing conflicts with the Constitution.