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#Budget 2014

# budget-2014 - Monday 21 October, 2013

Budget 2014: 455 extra resource teaching posts announced

The National Council for Special Education said the new positions brings this year’s allocation to more than 5,700.

Nursing union warns patient care will be "severely compromised" by Budget cuts

Health Minister James Reilly has been under increasing pressure since confirmation last Tuesday that a further €666 million is to be taken out of the Health Budget in 2014.

# budget-2014 - Sunday 20 October, 2013

Hayes: I have absolute confidence in Minister Reilly's ability

The junior minister said Reilly is the most suitable person to tackle the health budget.

Damien Kiberd: Health is not just Angola, it’s the original Heart of Darkness

What’s to become of the very sick who can’t afford insurance cover and who don’t qualify for medical cards? Does anyone – including Reilly – know?

Money getting you down? A psychologist is giving free advice on how to handle stress

Psychologist Shane Martin is holding a free talk entitled “How to Cope with the Stress of Debt” this week.

Former Mountjoy governor: Dole cuts likely to push young people into criminality

John Lonergan told that the cut announced in the Budget is “a terrible indication of the value we place” on our young people.

# budget-2014 - Saturday 19 October, 2013

Poll: Are you in favour of free GP care for under-5s? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you in favour of free GP care for under-5s?

It will take away a costly expense for parents – but the high cost has been criticised. What do you think?

Pensioners urged to turn out for Dáil rally against Budget cuts

The protest is being timed for the fifth anniversary of the large scale protest that followed the 2008 Emergency Budget.

# budget-2014 - Friday 18 October, 2013

Disability Federation calls medical card review "worrying"

The head of a federation for people with disabilities says that the proposed review of medical cards will force people with disabilities from the labour market.

Column: Funerals are tough – and costs escalate quickly

One of the more perplexing cuts outlined in this year’s budget is the axing of the Bereavement Grant. People feel that they’re not safe from austerity, even in death, writes Geraldine Fitzgerald.

# budget-2014 - Thursday 17 October, 2013

OECD approves of Irish tax rate, but change is coming says Noonan

The head of the OECD’s tax centre says there is no threat to the Irish corporate tax rate, but Michael Noonan wants to enhance the country’s reputation.

8 things we learned from Brian Hayes's Budget 2014 Q&A on Twitter Budget 2014

8 things we learned from Brian Hayes's Budget 2014 Q&A on Twitter

… and a few questions the Minister didn’t want to answer…

Gilmore: "The place for any young person is not permanently in front of a flatscreen"

The cut in dole payments for young people dominated Leader’s Questions, following a Labour backbencher’s remark about young people ‘stuck watching flatscreens’.

Column: The exploitation of young people has been cemented by this government

The cut in jobseeker’s allowance for those under 26 won’t nudge young people into “valuable training” in JobBridge or other schemes, it will push them into poverty and emigration, write Andrew Byrne and Dan Hayden.

Silent protest outside Dáil today over childrens' cochlear implants funding

Parents are calling on the Health Minister to allocate funding for bilateral cochlear implants for children.

Ireland falls farther behind on international aid commitment

For a sixth year in a row, funding for Irish Aid was cut bringing it down to €602 million.

James Reilly promised to scrap the 50c prescription it's €2.50

Despite the pledge, the prescription levy is now five times more expensive.

# budget-2014 - Wednesday 16 October, 2013

Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday

Everyone’s talking about the health budget, racial profiling and murder arrests.

Eamon Gilmore: ‘This is the last of the difficult budgets’

He said this budget will bring us to a point where Ireland will have control of “its economic destiny”.

Health Budget measures could have “dangerous and unintended” consequences, GPs warn

The doctors’ group is warning that measures like the downgrading of medical cards for 35,000 pensioners could cause problems down the line.

Cigarettes and lots of debt: 7 things in Budget 2014 that you may have missed

We’ve read the Budget documents so you don’t have to…

US senators welcome Irish tax reforms

The two US senators, one a former presidential candidate, say that Ireland should “close the door” on tax abuses.

Fine Gael and Labour social welfare cuts for youth criticised - by Labour Youth

The youth arm of the Labour Party called a measure approved by its own party “regressive” and “fundamentally unfair”, but the party rejected ideas that it had attempted to censor the statement.

Reform Alliance critical of Budget measures but not united in opposing it

The alliance of Fine Gael rebels will not be taking a collective stance on the Budget but have already sharply criticised some measures being introduced by the government.

Social welfare garda checks must not involve racial profiling - ICI

The Immigrant Council of Ireland wants Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton to outline safeguards against racial profiling in crackdown on welfare fraud.

The 5 at 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

With the Air Travel Tax gone, Ryanair commits to a million more passengers

The airline says it wants to meet Irish airport bosses to discus growing its traffic in and out of Ireland by at least one million passengers a year from April 2014.

"Employers have to become part of the solution"- Joan Burton

Incentives she said will come into place from the beginning of 2014 to offer employers a rebate if they employ someone who has been unemployed for six-months or more.

'You're an embarrassment on television!': Ceann Comhairle slams TDs amid angry Dáil exchanges

The Taoiseach was angry, the opposition were angry, and the Ceann Comhairle was angry.

Reilly: €666 million adjustment "toughest challenge I've had to face yet"

The Health Minister’s been tasked with overseeing a programme that will include €268 million in pay-related savings and €113 million from a ‘probity drive’ aimed at medical card holders.

'What did older people ever do to you?': Taoiseach quizzed over Budget 2014

Yesterday’s Budget announcement dominated Leaders’ Questions this morning.

As it happened: Noonan and Howlin answer questions about Budget 2014

Ministers Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin are answering questions on Today with Seán O’Rourke now.

Colm Keaveney: Hope has been driven out by cynicism in Ireland

“Too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart”… Well, different groups in our society have had to endure different levels of sacrifice, writes Colm Keaveney.

Even the weather has the post-Budget blues

So much rain.

PICTURES: The winners and losers of Budget 2014

Which category do you fall into this morning?

Damien Kiberd: Budget 2014 arithmetic not just iffy - it's scary

The figures are extraordinarily precise, writes columnist Damien Kiberd – as imaginary numbers often neatly are.

"Unjust and shameful": The insiders who WEREN'T happy with the Budget

We spoke to the insiders after the Budget announcement – and here’s what they told us.

"Positive","Welcome": The insiders who WERE happy with the Budget

The insiders told how they felt about the Budget 2014 announcement.

Howlin confident of reaching €113m savings on medical cards

The man in charge of spending is also pretty relaxed about a possible overrun in the health budget.

Off Licence association to bring wine excise increase to EU Commission

The price of wine is gone up by 50 cent, under yesterday’s Budget 214 announcement.