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#Budget 2013

# budget-2013 - Monday 23 September, 2013

That extra euro on a bottle of wine has raised €45 million in taxes

The Irish Wine Association says the tax is disproportionate and excessive, and wants it reversed in the upcoming Budget.

# budget-2013 - Wednesday 10 July, 2013

The 9 at 9: Wednesday

Good morning! Here are the nine stories you need to know as you kick off your day.

# budget-2013 - Monday 10 June, 2013

"Are things tough? Yes they are" - Burton on Budget 2014 Budget 2014 This post contains videos

"Are things tough? Yes they are" - Burton on Budget 2014 Exclusive

In an exclusive interview with, the Minister said that “we’ve tried to do what we’ve had to do in a very, very fair way”.

# budget-2013 - Wednesday 5 June, 2013

Another €150 million added to Government's economic stimulus plan

The extra money will go toward school projects, road maintenance and repairs, and retrofitting for local authority houses.

# budget-2013 - Tuesday 14 May, 2013

Ireland to contribute over €90 million extra to EU budget for 2013

The contribution is part of an overall contribution of €7.3 billion to cover a spending shortfall from 2012.

# budget-2013 - Thursday 9 May, 2013

Troika want banks monitored after 'disappointingly slow start' on arrears

The conclusion of the Troika’s tenth review mission to Ireland will result in an estimated €2.4 billion being released.

# budget-2013 - Wednesday 1 May, 2013

Bad news for fossil fuels: cost of coal and briquettes to rise today

The Government is extending the carbon tax to solid fuels from today.

# budget-2013 - Tuesday 30 April, 2013

€100m boost as Central Bank announces bigger profit than expected

The Central Bank’s profits for 2012 were higher than forecast in Budget 2013 – offering some relief for the State coffers.

# budget-2013 - Wednesday 24 April, 2013

No deal on public pay means no protection against job cuts - Kenny

Enda Kenny says workers rejected the Croke Park 2 deal knowing it would have protected them against mandatory redundancies.

Revised Budget figures presented to Dáil - including Croke Park 2 cuts

Opposition parties say Brendan Howlin shouldn’t have compiled Budget figures assuming that Croke Park 2 would be accepted.

# budget-2013 - Tuesday 23 April, 2013

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Opposition TDs abandon committee over Budget’s Croke Park 2 figures

TDs from Sinn Féin, Fianna Fáil and the independent ranks say Budget figures should not assume the passage of Croke Park 2.

# budget-2013 - Thursday 18 April, 2013

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.

# budget-2013 - Thursday 14 March, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Horse meat, Gaeilge, and welfare spending

The Public Accounts Committee scrutinises the accounts of the Department of Social Protection this morning.

# budget-2013 - Sunday 10 March, 2013

Revenue website showing property values goes live

Are you a homeowner? This site will show you how much your property is worth so you can calculate how much property tax to pay.

# budget-2013 - Wednesday 20 February, 2013

Deal reached on EU rules that could see Budgets in October

The European Commission, Council and Parliament have reached a deal on introducing rules requiring early submissions of Budgets.

# budget-2013 - Tuesday 19 February, 2013

Oireachtas agenda: Magdalenes, mortgages and Budget Bill

The Dáil will debate the Magdalene Laundries report, and begin debating the Finance Bill, later today.

# budget-2013 - Wednesday 13 February, 2013

Here are the new measures to be included in the Finance Bill

Much of the Bill gives effect to measures announced in Budget 2013 – but there are also some new parts.

# budget-2013 - Saturday 19 January, 2013

'David vs Goliath' dispute over Labour chairmanship is over says Keaveney

The Labour chairman has been assured his position is safe following a meeting of the party’s executive board in Dublin today in the wake of his vote against the Budget last month.

95 Garda stations to close by end of month

Garda authorities have released a full list of the 95 stations which will close within the next 12 days.

# budget-2013 - Monday 14 January, 2013

Labour chairman Colm Keaveney wants party conference held in April

Keaveney, who voted against the Budget, wants the issue of his chairmanship sorted as soon as possible amid rumblings that Labour wants to oust him but an April conference is unlikely.

# budget-2013 - Friday 11 January, 2013

Proposed laws to limit public spending aren't binding enough - Troika Exclusive

Brussels believes the Irish government’s legislation to give legal effect to spending ceilings leaves too much wiggle room.

Sharp fall in consumer sentiment due to Budget worries

December’s index saw the largest one month point decline in seventeen years.

# budget-2013 - Wednesday 9 January, 2013

Column: Want to value your house for the property tax? Here’s a guide.

There is confusion over the valuation of homes for the property tax, writes Ronan Lyons – so here’s a handy informal guide.

# budget-2013 - Tuesday 8 January, 2013

€35m Garda payroll cut to significantly impact force numbers

As many as 1,400 serving Gardaí may have to be be cut in response to budget cuts.

# budget-2013 - Tuesday 1 January, 2013

Budget 2013: what measures kick in today

Child benefit cuts, respite carer grant cuts and motor tax increases.

# budget-2013 - Monday 24 December, 2012

Mahon, Reilly, Savita: Game-changing political moments of 2012

Unlike 2011 this was not a year of any seismic shifts in Irish politics but there were plenty of stand-out moments which will have repercussions going into next year and most of them involved one man…

# budget-2013 - Wednesday 19 December, 2012

Social Welfare Bill passes committee stage in Seanad by three votes

The bill passed in the upper house this evening with Labour’s James Heffernan confirming his vote against the law and losing the party whip. Only businessman Feargal Quinn voted with the coalition.

Dáil approves introduction of property tax in late-night vote

TDs debated proposed amendments until after 11pm last night – amid complaints that not enough time had been allocated.

# budget-2013 - Tuesday 18 December, 2012

Oireachtas agenda: Will the Seanad put the brakes on the Budget?

While the Seanad votes on welfare cuts and PRSI hikes, the Dáil holds its final debates on the new property tax.

IMF approves latest €890 million loan - and warns against mini-Budget

The Washington-based fund affirms its stance that additional budgets during the year should be avoided.

Wicklow Co Co must find the money to pay property tax on council houses

Wicklow County Manager Eddie Sheehy said there was “no provision in the budget for any payment in relation to local authority houses”.

# budget-2013 - Sunday 16 December, 2012

Seanad vote could delay Budget's welfare cuts by three months

At least one Labour senator says he may vote against the Social Welfare Bill. One more defect could defeat the government.

# budget-2013 - Friday 14 December, 2012

Column: Why am I made to feel like a scrounger?

Lisa Domican is an award-winning entrepreneur, and also a carer to two autistic teenagers. It’s clear which the Government values more, she writes.

# budget-2013 - Thursday 13 December, 2012

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Labour chairman Keaveney votes against government on respite grant cut

Keaveney will be booted from the Labour parliamentary party after voting against cuts to respite care grants.

# budget-2013 - Wednesday 12 December, 2012

Oireachtas agenda: Shannon airport, welfare votes and no confidence

TDs vote this afternoon and this evening on approving individual Budget measures – like PRSI increases and respite grant cuts.

# budget-2013 - Tuesday 11 December, 2012

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Pictures: 300 carers picket Leinster House over Budget cuts

The Carers Association said they will continue to keep the pressure on the government because carers cannot afford the cuts.

Dáil to begin debating Budget's changes to social welfare system

The Social Welfare Bill, which gives legal effect to cuts to the respite care grant and other changes, will be debated this week.

# budget-2013 - Monday 10 December, 2012

Prospect of October Budget welcomed amid calls for more open process

Budget 2013 is less than a week old but already thoughts are turning to Budget 2014 and the possibility it could be held earlier than December next year.

# budget-2013 - Sunday 9 December, 2012

McEntee called on to clarify 'callous' comments on respite care grant

According to today’s Sunday Times, Minister McEntee said in relation to the controversial cut that “could stay in a top hotel for €700 a week”.

Labour chair still hoping Budget cut to child benefit can be reversed

“I think it is and it has to be,” Labour TD Colm Keaveney said when asked whether child benefit was still up for negotiation in the Budget.

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