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Here's what you may have missed in the Budget

There will also be money to tackle late discharges from hospitals and spending on building schools.

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WE ALL KNOW by now that USC and upper tax bands changed, Child Benefit went up, and cigarettes hit €10 for the first time.

But, in both Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin’s speeches, there were some measures that may have slipped by.

Here are some:

  • €1.6 billion for jobs programmes. This includes a doubling of those on the wage subsidy scheme JobsPlus, €450 million in capital funding for job creation and €260 million for research and development.
  • €25 million to tackle late discharges from hospitals
  • €2.3 billion for prescription medicine subsidies and €3 billion for older and disabled people
  • €530 million on capital projects in schools
  • €35 million to improve child detention services
  • A special €100 million structural fund for the Border, Midlands and Western region
  • €14 million in aid for Syria, €10 million for Palestine and €16 million for Sierra Leone and Liberia, as part of a €600 million foreign aid budget
  • An increased budget for Defence, that will see the Naval Service replace old vessels
  • A strategy to harness Ireland’s “ocean wealth”

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