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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

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