The critical political and economic challenges this Government faces, as it sees them, are one and the same: to convince voters who, polls suggest, do(...)

Michael McGrath: Pensioners will not bee fooled by the budget. Photograph: The Irish Times

Fianna Fail finance spokesman Michael McGrath has welcomed the universal social charge (USC) relief but accused the Government of introducing taxes an(...)

The centrepiece of what is  undeniably the most consumer-friendly budget since the dawn of the age of austerity is the widely anticipated cut in the main Universal Social Charge rate. 2:13

CONOR POPE A double-income, two-child household in which both adults earn €70,000 a year will be the big winners in the current Government’s final bud(...)

The income threshold up to which the home-carer can earn has been increased by €2,120 in the Budget by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan.

The home-carer tax credit is to increase by €190 to €1,000 per year to help single-income married couples with children or who care for an elderly or (...)

A couple with one earner and two children on an income of €25,000 would gain €500 a year. For families on higher incomes of €70,000-plus, the addition of two children brings the average gain to over €1,200 a year, and more for bigger families. File photograph: Getty Images 5:11

The Budget 2016 tax changes will mean gains for taxpayers ranging typically from €500 a year to €1,000, with some running close to €1,500 a year. Fami(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin at Government Buildings ahead of their Budget presentation. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times. 4:51

Families are the main winners from measures in Budget 2016, with free GP care extended to under 12s, additional free pre-school childcare and a €5 inc(...)


We had a lot of money taken away from us in the crisis years budgets. And we got a few euro back last year. However Budget 2016, to be presented on(...)

Speaking on Tuesday morning, Michael Noonan said the budget will “also throw up additional resources” for better services, tax relief and health.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan had said the Government has a lot more resources at its disposal than it anticipated last budget day. Speaking on (...)

The €1.5 billion package of tax cuts and spending increases contains a number of sweeteners. Photograph: Getty Images 5:27

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin have announced the tax and expenditure measures that Fine Ga(...)

The USC was introduced in 2010.

The Universal Social Charge is one of our more unpopular taxes; indeed so much so that some call for it to be abolished. Reductions in USC have been c(...)