Budget 2021

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Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty said his party would provide 1,100 additional hospital beds and 100 more intensive care (ICU) beds at a cost of some €449.7 million. File photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times.

Sinn Féin would spend €5.3 billion more than the Government plans to in Budget 2021, arguing that “now is not the time for fiscal conservatism”. In (...)

Will pensioners get their customary €5 in the budget?

Paschal Donohoe and Michael McGrath surely have their work cut out on Tuesday when Budget 2021 is unveiled. With one hand Covid-19 has to be fended of(...)

The worst-case scenario, where a vaccine does not become available next year, has not been considered. This would have very serious implications for  public health policy and the economy.

This week, the Central Bank and the Economic and Social Research Institute published their latest economic forecasts. They follow hot on the heel(...)

Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Government deficit this year is set to come in below the bottom of its previously estimated range, as strong tax revenues help the figures. Earli(...)

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Hoteliers have called for emergency measures from the Government to support the tourism and hospitality industry as increased coronavirus restrictions(...)

Minister for Public Spending Michael McGrath.

Government spending this year is set to come in at €86.5 billion, more than €16 billion higher than the revised estimates published earlier in the yea(...)

The Cabinet has approved the drawdown of €1.5 billion from the State’s so-called rainy day fund for Budget 2021. The emergency fund was established(...)

Families are unlikely to see any substantial changes to their take-home pay come January

After the damp squib that was last year’s Brexit-flavoured budget, it would have been reasonable to expect one sprinkled with more giveaways this time(...)

Henry Street: In the months ahead,  it will become clear  a lot of jobs will not be coming back and a lot of businesses will close. Early 2021 could be tricky. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The latest economic forecasts show the extraordinary nature of the budget challenge. The Government has to manage two economies with one budget. On on(...)

Paschal Donohoe: Slowly the pieces for Budget 2021 are starting to fall into place. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Slowly the pieces for Budget 2021 are starting to fall into place. So what have we learned from the latest exchequer returns for September? The first(...)

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