Budget 2022

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The increase is expected to generate €56 million annually. Photograph: iStock

The price of a packet of 20 cigarettes was set to rise to €15 from midnight on Tuesday after the Dáil approved a 50c increase by 87 votes to 47 in the(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath: The fact the package did not grow as the improving state of the public finances  became clear means they  won a few internal battles. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA

Not another Covid budget, but not a normal budget either. Budget 2022 is a bridge between the economics and politics of Covid, and the post-pandemic w(...)

A plus for Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and  is the rapidly improving outlook for the public finances. Photograph: Paul Faith / AFP via Getty Images

The annual set-piece that is the budget can often be credited with too much importance. However, it is a key marker of the government’s economic and f(...)

Students pictured at Maynooth University campus recently. File Photograph: Dara MacDónaill

The introduction of a discount travel pass for young people has been welcomed, with a lack of immediate policies put forward to tackle spiralling rent(...)

Minister of State for Heritage Malcolm Noonan said ‘protecting, enhancing and restoring nature in Ireland is my key priority’. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Funding and staffing for the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) have been restored to pre-financial crisis levels, with the service receiving (...)

A 2019 working group report into contraception access stated that free contraception for all women would cost the State €80m-€100m annually. File photograph: Getty

The Government has made a concerted effort in Budget 2022 to woo women voters, after a year in which it was accused of placing women’s healthcare bott(...)

NGOs could identify ‘some wins for climate and biodiversity, but we still have a very long way to go’, said Environmental Pillar spokeswoman Karen Ciesielski.  Photograph: John Giles/PA Wire

Minister for Climate and Transport Eamon Ryan has insisted actions to address the climate crisis are being ramped up through a range of actions outlin(...)

Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath and Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, who   said the Government was ‘conscious of the cost-of-living pressures’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney / Collins Photos

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has unveiled a broad package of tax and spending measures in Budget 2022 aimed at reducing “cost-of-living pressu(...)

Limerick TD Willie O’Dea of Fianna Fáil said the €5 increase in the pension  “isn’t going to compensate people for price rises”.

Government backbenchers have given a cautious welcome to the budget, but are concerned that cost of living pressures are already “out of control” and (...)

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar pictured at Government Buildings on Tuesday.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar warned land hoarders “we’re coming to tax you” as he defended the time it will take to introduce a new Zoned Land Tax (ZLT). Mu(...)

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