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# Budget Cuts

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Budget cuts could be "significantly less" says Noonan, but don't leap for joy just yet
The minster says cuts will have to be made, even if they are less than previously thought.
Opinion: Older people and Gaeilgeoirí are right to be indignant – this Cabinet doesn't care about them
The new Gaeltacht minister isn’t fluent in Irish and the de-prioritisation of older people’s issues has been rubber-stamped; whole sections of society are being disenfranchised.
GPs launch campaign for more resources as service on 'brink of collapse'
The IMO wants a five-fold jump in the portion of the health budget spent on General Practice.
Dáil passes Social Welfare Bill which implements Budget 2014 cuts
The bill now goes to the Seanad the week after next.
'Mean, ruthless, vicious': TD scathing as Dáil votes to abolish bereavement grant
One opposition TD labelled the cut to the €850 grant as “a mean, ruthless, vicious targeting of people at their most vulnerable time”.
Column: Pitting one section of the Irish people against another weakens us all
Budget 2014 hit the most vulnerable elements of society – not the young, the sick, the old, or pregnant alone. We need to show intergenerational solidarity and stand together against this injustice, writes Peter Kavanagh.
Column: Budgeting our depression? Funding cuts are disastrous to mental health
Cuts to medical card allowances and social welfare payments have a direct impact on peoples’ the mental health – I know because I am one of those affected, writes Kate Bellamy.
Tánaiste: Budget cut of €3.1 billion not necessary to meet deficit targets
Eamon Gilmore has set out his stall ahead of Budget negotiations.
Drug use outside Dublin continues to grow, says report
Merchants Quay Ireland’s annual report also shows that there were 558 new users to their Dublin needle exchange service.
Three former garda stations licensed to be used by community groups
How the closed garda stations should be used is decided by the OPW, which is engaging with 64 interested groups across the country.
"A 15-year-old boy is paralysed and can't come home from hospital"
A Fianna Fáil councillor says that budget cuts for housing adaptation have left some people stranded in hospitals and nursing homes.
Labour TD says protect social welfare, but FG TD says spending is not sustainable
Two government backbenchers have outlined vastly different approaches to Budget 2014 in columns for in the last 24 hours.
Column: 'Now is not the time for excessive cuts that will damage our recovery'
Labour TD Kevin Humphreys believes that an unnecessary €3.1 billion adjustment, as some in Fine Gael have proposed, would result in lower growth and loss of confidence and says that promissory note savings should be used.
Column: 'It is essential that we push ahead with the €3.1bn budget cut'
Fine Gael TD Pat Deering believes that current social welfare spending is unsustainable and has urged the government to pursue a €3.1 billion budget cut in order to remove the “shackles of the Troika”.
Howlin: We want to ensure a 'basic threshold of decency' in Budget 2014
Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin has insisted today that the parameters of the budget adjustment in October have not yet been set.
TD accused of 'recycling' two-year-old list of education cuts
Fianna Fáil TD Charlie McConalogue has raised concerns about spending cuts proposed by Education Minister Ruairí Quinn ahead of October’s Budget, but Labour says he’s trying to “increase his personal profile”.
Budget cuts "could close 120 GPs surgeries"
Doctors are rolling out a nationwide campaign aimed at fighting budget cuts in the GP sector.
President Obama to give back $20,000 of his salary
Five per cent of his salary will be given to Treasury to act in solidarity with federal workers by sharing in the budget cuts pain.
$85 billion in budget cuts come into force in US
Meetings between President Obama and top congressional leaders broke down yesterday as they failed to reach a deal on how to reduce the deficit.
United States braced for swingeing sequester of €85bn budget cuts
Analysts say that the cuts, due to come into force overnight, will take a number of months to take effect and will see growth fall by as much as 0.7 per cent.
Aaron McKenna: Changing the car reg plates is a good idea if it saves jobs
If it persuades people not to put off buying a car in 2013 – either through superstition or vanity – it will be a worthwhile exercise, writes Aaron McKenna.
Six students arrested after sit-in at Taoiseach’s constituency office
The students were protesting over the qualifying income threshold for the student maintenance grant being raised by 3 per cent.
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.
Carers to protest at Dáil today over cuts to grant
They are demanding the immediate restoration of the 19 per cent cut to the Respite Care Grant announced in the Budget.
100 garda stations to close and 28 districts to amalgamate
Apart from the closure of 98 part-time garda stations, two large stations in Stepaside and Kill O’ the Grange, Dublin will also close.
Column: How the Government manages our Budget expectations
‘Kite-flying’ and reframing debates – the Government has well-practiced methods of shaping the public discussion, writes Kieran Allen.
Taxes on texts and junk food proposed by Social Justice Ireland
Social Justice Ireland that a €3.5bn budget adjustment can be achieved without cutting social welfare or child benefit.
HSE's €130m spending cut 'will be vigorously opposed'
Health service says cuts have to be made before the end of this year if it is to meet budget targets set down by the government and Troika.
Israel: two die following self-immolation protest over rising cost of living
Separate fatal protests amid renewed opposition to escalating costs and Israeli government’s budget cuts.
Taking one for the team: Sports Council budget reduced for 2012
The Irish Sports Council must continue to tighten its belt for the foreseeable future with a further €1.5million reduction on their budget.
11-year-old student driven home to use the bathroom due to lack of SNAs
The primary school student at St Munchin’s CBS in Limerick, who is in a wheelchair, has had to have his mother attend the school to help bring him to the bathroom during the school day.
NWCI chief quits over Govt's 'scant regard' for women's rights
Susan McKay said Budget cuts to Women’s Council funding had made it impossible for her to do her job properly.
HSE to close 555 nursing home beds and cut hospital budgets
The HSE has outlined how it will save €750 million over the next 12 months.
Budget 2012: The cuts (and petitions) outlined so far…
Property charges, VAT increases and One Parent Family payments: Looking ahead to some of what may feature in next month’s Budget 2012 announcement.
Local TD slams 'eviction' of patients as Abbeyleix nursing unit closes
Fianna Fáil’s Seán Fleming said the move was “uncaring and insensitive”, and will not deliver significant savings for the HSE.
€4 billion ‘should be cut in Budget 2012′
The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council says the government needs to cut €4 billion from its spending if the state is expected to meet its 2015 deficit target.
The Daily Fix: Sunday
In this evening’s fix: the latest from the presidential campaign trail and the Sinn Féin/Fine Gael war of words, 700 arrested in New York, and an early Halloween fright…
Kenny: No date for reversal of minimum wage cut
The Taoiseach has said that an exact date for a reversal of the minimum wage cut could not be set.
Three generations of families gripped by drug abuse
Ballymun drugs project is now treating the grandchildren of people who used their services 30 years ago.
Budget 2011: In Numbers
The main points of Budget 2011, broken down by into a by-the-numbers guide.