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In percentage terms, the biggest beneficiaries will be those with a gross income of less than €12,000. Photograph:  iStockPhoto

This was the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan’s, fourth budget, but the first to leave at least some people marginally better off. Mr Noonan’s lat(...)

The dual hits of water charges and property tax will take the annual net gains for even the biggest budget beneficiaries to less than €100

Irish families could be better off by more than €800 next year once all the budget changes announced yesterday are totted up.However, before burning t(...)

A 40 cent increase on the price of 20 cigarettes will bring the cost of most packs to over €10. File photograph: Bloomberg

When it comes to raising money in the Budget, the Old Reliables don’t appear to be so reliable any more after the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan (...)

What does Budget 2015 have in store? Follow all the action as it unfolds on irishtimes.com. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Follow Budget 2015 on irishtimes.com where our journalists will be bringing you the latest news and analysis throughout the day. Follow Budget 2015(...)

The director of the ISI Lorcan O’Connor said he was disappointed that the bank’s rejection rate was so high

Banks that “irrationally” reject realistic insolvency applications made by distressed borrowers will be named and shamed by the Insolvency Service of (...)

The Hairy Baby version of the T-shirt at the centre of the row (above right), which is purple, features an old punt coin image encircled by the phrase “Sound as a pound” in white lettering.  The Dunnes Stores T-shirt (above left) is also purple and features a coin circled by the phrase “Sound as a pound” in white lettering.

A David and Goliath battle could be played out in the courts in the months ahead after a small online T-shirt business accused one of the State’s larg(...)

The Connected cast (from left)  Alanna Diggin, Nicole McQuillan, Elayne Harrington, Venetia Quick, Anna Ryan and Kate McGrew

A young woman from Tralee struggling to cope with her dad’s death. A performance artist going home to Ohio to tell her folks she’s now a stripper i(...)

Over 100 people gathered at Dublin Zoo’s Kaziranga Trail this morning for the naming ceremony of two baby bulls born this summer. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

They say elephants never forget but the 100 or so people who gathered at Dublin Zoo’s Kaziranga Trail for the naming ceremony of two baby bulls born t(...)

After a nail-biting 10-minute auction featuring multiple bidders and two last-second interventions, Hayes Hotel was sold for €650,000. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The end was almost as tense as a Kilkenny-Tipp hurling final as the Thurles hotel where the GAA was formed 130 years ago went under the hammer follow(...)

Tom Savage: his term as  chairman of the RTÉ board came to an end on August 31st. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

RTÉ has lost two-thirds of its governing board this week, and a radical overhaul will take place before the end of this month with chairman Tom Savag(...)

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