Budget 2019

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For a Government – and a Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe – who regularly play the prudence card, this criticism from the Fiscal Advisory Council will sting. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney/ Collins

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC) did not hold back in its criticism of the Government’s budgetary policy in its latest assessment, saying it i(...)

“Repeated failures to prevent unbudgeted spending increases have left the public finances more exposed to adverse shocks”

Ireland’s budgetary watchdog is clearly losing patience with the Government’s annual party trick of pulling a €1 billion rabbit out of its budgetary h(...)

Seamus Coffey,  chairman of  the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, said the Government was growing spending at an unsustainable rate and failing to use the upswing to insulate the economy against the next downturn. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The State’s budgetary watchdog has strongly criticised the Government for “repeatedly” missing its own financial targets and for failing to manage the(...)

Victims of the hepatitis C blood contamination scandal and Magdalene Laundry survivors will not pay tax on their compensation payments under previously unannounced measures in the Finance Bill. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Victims of the hepatitis C blood contamination scandal and Magdalene Laundry survivors will not pay tax on their compensation payments under previousl(...)

Minister for Tourism: the Restaurants Association of Ireland called for his head over the VAT increase. Photograph: Alan Betson

Budget 2019 attempted to spread largesse from a fairly small pot as widely as possible. To make that easier, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe rais(...)

There is no one-size-fits-all solution, and the aim of the pilot project is to allow communities themselves to come up with ideas, Mr Ring said . Photograph: Eric Luke

Six small towns in six different counties have been invited to suggest how they could become more attractive living spaces by Minister for Rural and C(...)

Tourism in Ireland: the rise in the tourism VAT rate will undoubtedly make life more difficult for some smaller restaurant and hotel operators in certain parts of the country. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The primal scream from tourism and hospitality operators over the return of their VAT rate to 13.5 per cent is understandable, given the scale of disa(...)

Paddy Cosgrave: “Fine Gael used to be the business party but now they are looting business people”.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Measures introduced in Budget 2019 to deal with the housing crisis are going to “crush the middle classes”, according to Web Summit co-founder and chi(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe: What has he really done for single employees?  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Single people on average PAYE salaries had little joy in this week’s budget package. This maintains a trend under this Government which – despite its (...)

RTÉ will receive €8.6m more as a result of Budget 2019. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times.

RTÉ will receive additional funding of €8.6 million as a result of Budget 2019, according to Minister for Communications Denis Naughten. Virgin Media(...)

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