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#Public Spending

# public-spending - Monday 8 February, 2016

Tax cuts vs public spending: Where do you want to see money go?

A new poll shows a division in public opinion on the topic.

# public-spending - Saturday 13 June, 2015

Right2Water wants to scrap water charges and hike spending by €9.4bn. Here's how it will pay for it:

They’ve put together a shopping list of demands for any new government.

# public-spending - Friday 12 July, 2013

Column: Austerity isn't working – so what alternatives exist for October's Budget?

Despite the growing number of voices criticising austerity as a method to meet deficit targets, the government has indicated there is more to come. This situation can’t continue, writes Rory Hearne.

# public-spending - Tuesday 25 June, 2013

HSE defends €300,000 autism spend in Reilly's political area

Róisín Shortall has called for an end to ‘potential cronyism and secret decision-making around public spending’.

# public-spending - Wednesday 12 June, 2013

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This is the moment the Greek version of RTÉ went off-air

The Greek government has shut down state broadcaster ERT’s TV and radio stations, with the loss of nearly 3,000 jobs, in order to save money.

# public-spending - Thursday 18 April, 2013

Welfare, health and transport cuts confirmed in revised Budget figures

The government’s revised estimates for public spending in 2012 affirm where the State plans to send its money this year.

# public-spending - Monday 1 October, 2012

Taxes on texts and junk food proposed by Social Justice Ireland

Social Justice Ireland that a €3.5bn budget adjustment can be achieved without cutting social welfare or child benefit.

# public-spending - Thursday 30 August, 2012

HSE's €130m spending cut 'will be vigorously opposed'

Health service says cuts have to be made before the end of this year if it is to meet budget targets set down by the government and Troika.

# public-spending - Wednesday 22 August, 2012

Column: Forget about our ‘economic sovereignty’ – let’s look at what matters

Fears over ceding our sovereignty are misplaced – people do it all the time, writes Ronan Lyons. Here’s what we should be focusing on instead.

# public-spending - Monday 25 June, 2012

France 'needs up to €10bn to plug public deficit', says finance minister

The French finance minister says that his country is looking for between €7bn and €10bn.

# public-spending - Tuesday 17 April, 2012

Column: Spending public money - where's the master plan?

Former trader Nick Leeson has an idea to sort out the State coffers – get a bunch of hard-nosed business people to assess the waste and root out value for money.

# public-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?

# public-spending - Wednesday 7 December, 2011

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Slideshow: Today's Budget 2012 front pages

From boosting the property market to fuel tax and VAT increases, check out what the front pages have to say about the Budget this morning.

# public-spending - Tuesday 6 December, 2011

As it happened: Budget 2012 liveblog

Join us for live video and text commentary, as Michael Noonan tells us how he plans to raise €1.6bn in extra taxes next year.

Here’s Michael Noonan’s Budget 2012 speech… as a word cloud

A pictorial representation of Michael Noonan’s Budget 2012 speech, as delivered to Dáil Éireann this afternoon.

In full: Michael Noonan's Budget speech to the Dáil

The full text, as prepared in advance, of Michael Noonan’s Budget 2012 speech to the Dáil delivered this afternoon.

# public-spending - Monday 5 December, 2011

Column: This Budget will cut 15,000 jobs from our economy

Enda Kenny called it a ‘Budget for jobs’ – but the very opposite is the truth. We can expect dole lines to lengthen, writes Michael Taft.

Budget 2012 (pt 1): the main points of Brendan Howlin’s announcement

Part one of Budget 2012 has been delivered by Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin, here’s what we’ve found out today.

# public-spending - Sunday 4 December, 2011

Child benefit cuts will target families with three or more children only

The cut will not apply to all child benefit payments – only those for third and subsequent children, according to reports today.

Readers' Panel: What are you expecting from the Budget?

We spoke to a wide range of readers about their hopes and fears for this week’s Budget. Here’s what they had to say.

# public-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…

# public-spending - Sunday 13 November, 2011

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The Daily Fix: Sunday

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

Budget 2012: The cuts (and petitions) outlined so far…

Property charges, VAT increases and One Parent Family payments: Looking ahead to some of what may feature in next month’s Budget 2012 announcement.

# public-spending - Wednesday 9 November, 2011

ESRI report warns of effect of 'optimism bias' on value of infrastructure projects

A new study from the ESRI says that rail projects typically overestimate their projected passenger levels, while road projects underestimate their traffic growth.

# public-spending - Tuesday 4 October, 2011

Taoiseach defends apparent U-turn on advisers’ salary cap

Gerry Adams accuses Enda Kenny of breaching his own promise about the extent of pay for special advisers.

# public-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.

# public-spending - Thursday 25 August, 2011

Find 20 per cent in government spending cuts, ministers ordered

Minister Brendan Howlin has asked his cabinet colleagues to submit far-reaching plans to slash spending.

# public-spending - Saturday 30 July, 2011

Govt to slash public spending, lower tax bands in December budget

The Government has revealed some of the hard-hitting measures it will take in the December Budget and it makes tough reading for some.

# public-spending - Wednesday 27 July, 2011

Chiefs of Bord Gáis, ESB and An Post still won’t say they will take pay cut

Pat Rabbitte asked the heads of the three semi-States under his remit to accept voluntary pay cap of €250,000 a month ago – they still haven’t given him an answer.

# public-spending - Sunday 3 July, 2011

Expect further public spending cuts, says Gilmore

Tánaiste warns further cutbacks are necessary, as government departments reportedly warned of losing up to 15 per cent of their budgets.

# public-spending - Tuesday 26 April, 2011

Ireland has largest government deficit in the EU

We’ve managed to beat fellow bailout recipients Greece and Portugal for government deficit in percentage of GDP.

# public-spending - Thursday 14 April, 2011

US budget passes crucial vote US

US budget passes crucial vote

Terse negotiations over budget which includes $38bn in public spending cuts will now go forward for a Senate vote.

# public-spending - Saturday 4 December, 2010

Ireland's deficit will be largest in eurozone for 2010

Figures released by Department of Finance show forecasts for state income and expenditure in 2010 and 2011.

# public-spending - Thursday 2 September, 2010

Ireland unlikely to dodge out on debt, says IMF

But we’re not out of the woods yet.

# public-spending - Saturday 28 August, 2010

ECB urges spending cuts

Slashing spending and public sector pay is the only way to recovery, says Jean Claude Trichet.