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#Government Spending

# government-spending - Sunday 30 June, 2013

Embassy maintenance and repairs cost the taxpayer €5.7 million in 2011 and 2012

Moving embassies in London and Rome, as well as bomb-proofing two buildings in Northern Ireland are among the biggest expenditures.

# government-spending - Saturday 25 May, 2013

Aaron McKenna: It's time for a conversation about how local government spends our money

The notion that cutting local government spending wouldn’t save the country or bring justice to bankers, and therefore it shouldn’t be touched at all, is a logical fallacy, writes Aaron McKenna.

# government-spending - Tuesday 31 January, 2012

Column: Why should our government have the right to hide from its citizens?

Our leaders are spending our money in our names, writes Aaron McKenna – so why won’t they let us know how?

# government-spending - Saturday 19 November, 2011

The Daily Fix: Saturday

Catch up on the day’s main news as well as the bits and pieces you may have missed…

# government-spending - Wednesday 12 October, 2011

€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.

# government-spending - Monday 12 September, 2011

Gilmore: ECB official's comments are annoying and unhelpful

An ECB economist suggested Irish public sector pay should be cut. The Tánaiste wasn’t impressed.

# government-spending - Monday 5 September, 2011

Social welfare spending to be cut – but rates to remain

The government insists social welfare rates will not be cut, but that social welfare spending will be hit in other ways.

# government-spending - Sunday 3 July, 2011

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The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things to know this morning…

# government-spending - Thursday 2 June, 2011

ECB chief calls for a pan-European 'finance ministry'

Jean-Claude Trichet has proposed increasing EU control over national spending exercised by member states’ governments.

# government-spending - Wednesday 1 June, 2011

10 per cent cut in special needs support for schools - report

The Department of Education said that the reduced allocation of special needs teaching hours could be increased in some schools – if demand is less than expected.

# government-spending - Sunday 24 April, 2011

Government spending plans may be affected by shortfalls found in four-year plan

The minister for social protection Joan Burton has accused the previous government of not being “upfront” about how savings were going to be made.

# government-spending - Thursday 30 December, 2010

State papers: Arab investors wanted to pay for government expenditure

Charles Haughey and Brian Lenihan Sr were given plans detailing a potential Irish-Arab Bank to fund government spending.

# government-spending - Monday 6 September, 2010

MINISTER FOR FINANCE Brian Lenihan has confirmed the date for the next budget as Tuesday, 7 December. The minister was speaking to RTÉ Radio One earlier on about the future of Anglo Irish Bank and international confidence in Irish banking when he confirmed the the date.

# government-spending - Thursday 2 September, 2010

Exchequer deficit hits €12.1bn in August

Government insists returns are “stabilising”.

# government-spending - Saturday 7 August, 2010

OVER 10% MORE people went to jail last year than in 2008, according to the latest report from the Irish Prison Service (IPS). A total of 15,425 people went to prison in 2009, an increase of 13.8%.

There was a huge increase in the numbers imprisoned for failing to pay court-ordered fines through 2009 – over 90% up on 2008 to 4,806.

The daily average number of people in custody increased by 8.5% (337 prisoners) and most prisons operated at or above full capacity.

Last week, a report from the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IRPT) criticised the government’s plan to break the new Thornton Hall facility into three construction stages. The group said the new plan would mean prison overcrowding would continue, and new capacity would be filled.

Responding to the prison service’s report, the IRPT said that the prison crisis “is now completely out of control” and the number of prisoners is not only increasing, but that increase is accelerating.

# government-spending - Wednesday 14 July, 2010

THE ESRI is predicting that Ireland will have the largest deficit in the EU in 2010. The think-tank predicts that Ireland will have marginal growth in 2010, with stronger growth in 2011 (GDP +2.75%).

In April the ESRI had expected a 12% shortfall between revenue and spending, however they now believe the shortfall will be closer to 20% in 2010. This is far above the 14.3 per cent registered in 2009. A 20% deficit would ensure that Ireland runs the largest deficit in the EU, for the second year running.

The main reason for the increase is due to a €12.9bn bailout of Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide, which Eurostat (the official European statistical agency) insists is classified as current spending. The bailout had been classified as an investment, but is now seen as current spending.  The ESRI said this was the sole reason for the change in forecast.

“We expect the General Government Deficit to be 11½ per cent of GDP in 2010. Including the cost of the bailout monies for Anglo Irish Bank and INBS, this figure would be 19¾ per cent. For 2011, we expect the deficit to fall to 10 per cent of GDP. This is based on the assumption that a full €3bn package of austerity measures is implemented in the 2011 budget.”

The ESRI said it supports the Governments plans to cut the country’s deficit, but said that cuts in spending will reduce growth by 1%. The institute also believes that employment will not grow till 2012.