“Budget 2015 was was not a giveaway or election budget. But compared to the workhouse rations of gruel that were meted out over the past seven years, this was a bonanza budget. There can be no doubt about that.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Compared to some of the budgets delivered by Charlie McCreevy when he was in full pomp, Budget 2015 was not a giveaway or election budget. But compare(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan shortly before his Budget 2015 speech, at Government Buildings in Dublin, today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A Cheann Comhairle,When the Government took office in March 2011 we set out a plan to regain control of Ireland’s fiscal and economic policies, to gro(...)

From left during the Budget speech this afternoon: Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  and Cabinet colleagues Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan has announced plans to reduce the Universal Social Charge and the higher rate of income tax, and introduce measure(...)

Significant details have emerged about Tuesday’s Budget. We know that, after seven years of austerity, this Budget is actually going to add cash to th(...)

Funding for commitments to extend free GP care to over 70s and to children aged between six and 11 will have to be provided for in this budget.

The economy is not quite in a place where a Charlie McCreevy can say: “When I have it, I spend it.” But it’s certainly moving in the right direction.I(...)

Gerry Adams and Mary Lou Mc Donald launched Sinn Féin’s alternative budget yesterday

Sinn Féin is proposing to halt water charges, abolish property tax and introduce a third rate of tax for high earners. However, at the launch o(...)

Nat O’Connor, Tasc’s research director, said cutting VAT by 1 per cent - at a cost to the exchequer of €350 million - would help to kick-start the economy by boosting domestic consumption and the spending power of lower income households in particular.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

The Government should lower VAT rather than income tax in the budget next week if it wants to give something back to the public in an equitable and su(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny launching the Pathways to Work (phase II) programme at Government Buildings yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Next week’s budget will begin the process of cutting tax, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said yesterday, describing the combined 52 per cent rate on higher inco(...)

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar: Sources said his  intervention led to a heated discussion at Cabinet. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Minister for Health Leo Varadkar has warned his Cabinet colleagues key Coalition health reforms may be put at risk unless he is given a “realistic” (...)

Austerity has characterised every Irish budget since 2008, when the economy plunged into a downward spiral. While there may finally be relief o(...)

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