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# howlin - Wednesday 29 October, 2014

The law allowing the government to cut public sector pay is being scrapped

The section that is being deleted allowed public service employers to take steps that would impact on non-core pay and working hours.

# howlin - Wednesday 15 October, 2014

Child benefit could be increased by even more than a fiver in Budget 2016 Thinking Ahead This post contains videos

Child benefit could be increased by even more than a fiver in Budget 2016

A small increase in child benefit was announced as part of the Budget yesterday.

# howlin - Tuesday 14 October, 2014

200 more gardaí on the way (and money for new cars too)

Frances Fitzgerald says it’s a “breakthrough” budget for her department. Recruitment is set to begin in the next few weeks.

All tie'd up: Howlin faces tough decisions on Budget wardrobe

James Connolly even gave his sartorial advice.

# howlin - Friday 10 October, 2014

"Pretty obnoxious" ... That's what Peter McVerry thinks of the plan to cut the top tax rate

Enda Kenny told business leaders last night that the Budget would be a “first step” towards lowering the rate of 52 per cent.

# howlin - Friday 15 August, 2014

# howlin - Saturday 9 August, 2014

Here's What Happened Today: Saturday

Everybody’s talking about Gaza protests, pay cut reversals and Irish rugby women marching on.

# howlin - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

'We're a normal country now': Brendan Howlin said goodbye to the IMF's man in Dublin today

“I met him to say goodbye to him, he’s leaving next week,” Brendan Howlin said today.

# howlin - Thursday 6 March, 2014

"Social responsibility" reminder for Electric Ireland after street lights blackout

Two more Kildare estates have received letters saying their electricity could be switched off.

# howlin - Tuesday 4 February, 2014

“We have to do some serious thinking about long-term flood defences” — Howlin

Ministers are discussing measures aimed at helping those affected by the weekend flooding at a Cabinet meeting this morning.

# howlin - Wednesday 22 January, 2014

Howlin says he has 'no role' over paying bonuses at semi-state companies

The government has no role in relation to bonus payments to staff at semi-states below CEO level, Brendan Howlin told the Dáil this morning, saying government expects boards to act responsibly.

# howlin - Thursday 7 November, 2013

The reviews are over but we may not leave for "a number of years" --- IMF Mission Chief

Ireland remains on track to exit the bailout following the final review, but the IMF says it has no immediate plans to withdraw its officials from Dublin.

# howlin - Tuesday 22 October, 2013

Howlin: 'I wish this government hadn't come in when our economy was broken'

Meanwhile, the Tánaiste has said that the Budget cuts announced last week stand.

Tánaiste and Howlin insist: James Reilly is doing a very good job

The Health Minister has the support of the Cabinet, two senior members insisted this morning.

# howlin - Monday 14 October, 2013

# howlin - Tuesday 1 October, 2013

'It's not a good poll': Howlin reacts to Labour's 25-year low

“There’s no point in saying anything else,” the Public Expenditure and Reform Minister admitted this morning.

# howlin - Sunday 1 September, 2013

20,000 expected to apply for Garda positions

The jobs could be advertised as soon as the end of this month, but it’s not yet known how many will be offered.

# howlin - Wednesday 21 August, 2013

Howlin: We want to ensure a 'basic threshold of decency' in Budget 2014

Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin has insisted today that the parameters of the budget adjustment in October have not yet been set.

# howlin - Monday 1 July, 2013

Video: Howlin angrily pushes camera away as he is confronted over bank inquiry Protest This post contains videos

Video: Howlin angrily pushes camera away as he is confronted over bank inquiry

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform was confronted by protesters outside the Department of Finance earlier today.

# howlin - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

Howlin wants to extend Croke Park to 2016 and make extra €1bn savings

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform plans to meet with public sector unions next week.

# howlin - Thursday 25 October, 2012

As it happened: Noonan and Howlin on the Troika's eighth review of the bailout

Are the Troika still happy with Ireland’s progress? Let’s find out…

# howlin - Thursday 17 May, 2012

Half of proceeds from sale of State assets can be used for jobs - Howlin

The Public Expenditure and Reform Minister said that negotiations with the Troika had yielded such an agreement with the other half of the money being leveraged for further stimulus measures.

# howlin - Sunday 24 July, 2011