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Saturday 1 April 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# budget15

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# none of that
Michael Noonan: No, the Budget wasn't 'a series of smart-alecky tricks'
The Finance Minister denied that the Government should have been more cautious in Budget 2015.
# The Breakdown
Cigarettes now cost €10 a pack... But where does all that tax go?
The change kicked in at midnight. Here’s where that extra 40c goes…
# Dáil talk
State of the Nation: The 'Stockholm Syndrome' Budget?
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# Reaction
How was it for you? Our Readers’ Panel react, Part One
We spoke to some readers about their hopes and fears ahead of today’s budget. Here’s how they were affected, in their own words.
# Fanning the Phlegm
Cigarettes, child benefit and Michael Noonan's cough - here's how Twitter reacted to the Budget
Your keyboards must be exhausted by now…
# can't hear ya
What is James Reilly listening to? (Because it isn't Richard Boyd Barrett)
RBB reaching the peak of his speech? Headphones on.
# Agriculture
'Young and active farmers' will benefit from today's Budget
New measures will target the long-term leasing of land.
# Same Again
No cuts for first time in six years as €42.5m to be pumped into Irish sport in 2015
A good day for the Irish Sports Council.
# Home Sweet Home
Saving to buy your first home? Michael Noonan had some good news for you...
First time buyers will get a refund on the money they saved for their deposit.
# Every Little Helps
People on the dole will get a Christmas present from the government this year
The Christmas Bonus will be reintroduced this year – one of two increases in the area of social welfare announced in today’s Budget.
# Cigarettes and Alcohol
Cigarettes are going to cost €10 a packet from tomorrow
But there will be no change in the price of a pint.
# Leinster House
Water charges, turf cutters and an Irish Che Guevara: Who's protesting the Budget?
There aren’t too many protestors outside the Dáil today…
There will be €2.2 BILLION spent on social housing in the next three years
Brendan Howlin says it will deliver 6,700 units.
# Jobseekers
Lower dole rate leaves Ireland's young people 'struggling to make ends meet'
An organisation representing young people in Ireland is calling for the €188 rate to be restored for all young people who are taking part in education, training and works experience programmes.
# News Fix
Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday
Everyone’s talking about our newest TD, the thousands of people that took part in the protest today and the ongoing Ebola crisis…
# objects of desire
Here are the 6 objects that scream 'Irish Budget'
Warning to governments: Children’s shoes should be avoided at all costs.
# budget 2015
This TD wants to tax lotto winnings to pay for more teachers
Stephen Donnelly also wants us to team up with the NHS and make Irish Water more efficient.
# budget 2015
Acute and mental health services on 'the brink of collapse'
The Irish Hospital Consultants Association is called for increased funding for hospital consultants in Budget 2015.
# budget 2015
'Be business focused not jobs focused' - government told
Owner-operators should have their costs cut in the budget to create long-term jobs, ISME says.
# budget 2015
'Don't try to choke off the recovery with more austerity'
Ireland’s ‘growth beacon’ economy should mean tax cuts – not another tough budget, economist says.
# Budget 15
Cutting top rate of tax could give 'half of taxpayers' more money in their pocket
Ibec also believe it would help stem brain-drain.
# Careful Now
There's "no room" in the Irish economy for tax cuts - we should be investing instead
The conditions just aren’t right yet, the Nevin Institute has said.
# Cuts
'Budget 2015 needs to give struggling families the peace and security they're entitled to'
An alliance of charities are calling for cuts to be reversed before tax breaks are introduced.
# quick fix
Is attracting more foreign companies to Ireland really a recipe for growth?
In the run-up to Budget 2015, Dr Daragh McGreal looks at the benefits and pitfalls of foreign direct investment.