Advertisement

We need your help now

Support from readers like you keeps The Journal open.

You are visiting us because we have something you value. Independent, unbiased news that tells the truth. Advertising revenue goes some way to support our mission, but this year it has not been enough.

If you've seen value in our reporting, please contribute what you can, so we can continue to produce accurate and meaningful journalism. For everyone who needs it.

AP/Press Association Images
Devil in the Details

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.

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”

Keep up with all of our Budget coverage here

Readers like you are keeping these stories free for everyone...
A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article. Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

Your Voice
Readers Comments
28
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.