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#Budget 2014

# budget-2014 - Saturday 12 October, 2013

Noonan on Budget 2014: ‘You’ll be astounded at all the good news I’ll be announcing’

The Finance Minister has told delegates at the Fine Gael national conference that the Budget on Tuesday is going to “reasonably tough”.

Stephen Donnelly: The Troika targets can be met with no additional budget measures

But just because we don’t have to become more efficient, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some adjustments that we should make, writes the independent TD.

Budget 2014: What could be this year's Wine Tax Factor?

Yes, the distracting levies that put the WTF in the Budget announcement.

The long weekend: Finance staff in the office today and tomorrow as Budget finalised

The finer details of the Budget will be worked on this weekend.

SIPTU boss "reluctant to predict numbers" ahead of pre-Budget march

The demo, calling for “an end to austerity and an end to cuts” takes place from 1pm this afternoon on Dublin’s O’Connell Street.

# budget-2014 - Friday 11 October, 2013

Mick Wallace: It’s time for the government to equality-proof budgets

Why should the Irish people not have some say with regard to how public resources – their resources – are allocated? Equality budgeting is successful in other jurisdictions, writes Mick Wallce TD.

Bruton: 'There's always going to be difficulties over the last few hundred million'

The Jobs Minister has said that the “vast majority” of department’s budgets for next year have been confirmed but there is still work to be done to finalise measures.

The 9 at 9: Friday

Here are the nine things you need to know this morning, as we head into the weekend…

It's the final countdown: Ministers meet for more Budget talks today

Less than a week today and negotiations are heating up.

# budget-2014 - Thursday 10 October, 2013

GPs call for minimum pricing of alcohol

It is also looking for development and funding of service for diabetes patients.

Ministers to do post-Budget phone in with Seán O’Rourke, no plans for Pat Kenny

However, Ministers Howlin and Noonan will be talking to Newstalk Breakfast before going to RTÉ.

Fianna Fáil: Sinn Féin's budget would cut pay for teachers, gardaí and nurses

But Sinn Féin says that Fianna Fáil’s budget proposals are not costed.

FF wants to raise USC on incomes over €100k and increase the price of cigarettes and wine

The party has launched it’s pre-Budget submission today calling for an overall adjustment of €2.4 billion which is evenly split between tax rises and spending cuts.

Employers worried about rising pay expectations

IBEC says more than a quarter of its member firms plan to take on new staff next year.

Irish business 'nervous about unpleasant budget surprises'

But they are brightened by further increases in activity levels over the past three months.

# budget-2014 - Wednesday 9 October, 2013

Fiscal Advisory Council clarifies Spring's Prime Time Budget comments

It said that its preferred policy is to continue with the planned adjustment of €3.1 billion.

"Pensioners should pay for their TV licences and travel" - Michael O'Leary

The Ryanair chief said that elderly people “don’t need” the concessions they get from the State.

Column: Having a home is a basic need that's slipping beyond people's reach

A fresh and compassionate approach is needed for Budget 2014 to help thousands of families who are in danger of losing their homes, writes SR Stanislaus Kennedy.

Poll: Are you worried about this year's Budget? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Are you worried about this year's Budget?

This year’s adjustment will be closer to €2.5 billion than €3.1, Michael Noonan has confirmed. We ask, how concerned are you about the effects of next week’s Budget?

We want you: Join’s Budget 2014 readers' panel

We want to hear from a wide range of people across the country to find out their thoughts both ahead of Budget Day and on the day itself.

# budget-2014 - Tuesday 8 October, 2013

Damien Kiberd: Austerity economics have us locked in Permaslump

“Families want to exit their own micro-bailouts too,” writes new columnist Damien Kiberd.

Department of Finance expects 1.8 per cent growth next year

However, that forecast is based on a €3.1 billion adjustment in Budget 2014.

The 5 at 5: Tuesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Sinn Féin wants a third rate of tax, a betting tax and to abolish the property tax

The party is advocating a total of €1 billion in expenditure savings and €1.4 billion in taxation measures to bring about a total deficit adjustment of around €2.45 billion.

"There is nothing easy left to do": Howlin outlines the Budget challenges

The Public Expenditure and Reform Minister has outlined the scale of the challenge facing ministers in crucial Cabinet discussions taking place today.

Noonan confirms Budget adjustment is going to be 'slightly ahead of €2.5 billion'

Speaking on his way into the Cabinet meeting this morning Noonan said that the Budget adjustment of tax increases and expenditure cuts will be “slightly ahead of €2.5 billion”.

Quinn on Budget 2014: 'We want to minimise the suffering as quickly as we can'

Ahead of this morning’s Cabinet meeting, Education Minister Ruairí Quinn has been speaking to reporters.

Cabinet to discuss Budget 2014 adjustment today

The budget will be revealed to the general public next week, Tuesday 15 October.

# budget-2014 - Monday 7 October, 2013

Independent off-licence sector "in danger of dying out"

That is according to the National Off-Licence Association, which is concerned about the impact Budget 2014 could have on off-licences.

PIC: Michael Noonan got a free pizza for his lunch today*

*But we’re guessing he probably didn’t take up the offer from Apache…

# budget-2014 - Sunday 6 October, 2013

Rabbitte: I believe adjustment will be lower than €3.1 billion

It’s expected the figure for Budget 2014 will be finalised at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

# budget-2014 - Friday 4 October, 2013

Government urged to keep lower VAT rate for tourism

The Restaurant Association of Ireland says that 5,000 jobs will be created in the next 18 months if the rate is maintained.

IMF review says close supervision of Irish banks is essential

Ireland’s latest report card by the IMF also states that firm implementation of budget policies is required if Ireland wants to achieve its fiscal targets.

# budget-2014 - Thursday 3 October, 2013

Noonan wants Budget to give “markets confidence”

With the country required to cut the national deficit to 5.1 per cent of GDP, Michael Noonan says that it is “important to be beat that target”.

Rise in tourism VAT rate would "cost jobs"

Despite the increased numbers of tourists visiting Irish shores, the tourism industry recovery is fragile, a representative body has warned.

# budget-2014 - Wednesday 2 October, 2013

Budget adjustment will be ‘somewhat less’ than €3.1 billion – Noonan

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said that it’s too early to give any further details on the exact figure.

'We'll be back': INTO warning to 'Dublin 4 politicians' over growing class sizes

Several hundred teachers, pupils, and parents took part in a protest outside the Department of Education this evening.

Live Register figures continue falling as key Exchequer returns to be published

The Budget is less than two weeks away and the economic data is coming thick and fast…

Burton on Gilmore relations: 'I hear all sorts of briefings, they didn't come from me'

Joan Burton has been speaking about her relationship with Eamon Gilmore this morning.