Budget 2015

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny: said there area 410,000 people on low incomes whose earnings are now better off under this Government than the last. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the top tax rate on middle-income families will be dropped to a maximum of 50 per cent in 12 months’ time, all but confi(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin, on the Seán O’Rourke programme on RTÉ radio today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin have completed their traditional post-budget radio i(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny  during the announcment of Budget 2015 in the Dáil yesterday. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The Government has no intention of abolishing the water charges, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said.He told the Dáil today that there were subsidies, benef(...)

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(...)

Fianna Fáil spokesman on public expenditure and reform Seán Fleming alleged Mr Howlin had “failed to grapple with” the black hole in the health budget. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has not presented an accurate health estimate in three budgets, it has been claimed.Fianna F(...)

A Garda College graduation ceremony. The first class of Garda recruits for five years entered  the college at Templemore, Co Tipperary, just last month.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

The most eye-catching item in the justice allocation for next year is the speed at which Garda recruitment is to unfold.The first class of Garda recru(...)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There will be “zero change” in spending on the arts as a result of Budget 2015, according to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltach t. The (...)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin  said there was no provision in Budget 2015 to meet any rise in public service salaries.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

There will be no pay increases for staff in the public service next year, with Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin saying any pa(...)

Feargal O’Rourke, head of tax services at PwC

Some observers view this year as being one of the most difficult budgets of the cycle since the global financial crisis erupted. When you have nothing(...)

Those seeking to buy their first home will be eligible for a refund of their Deposit Interest Retention Tax (Dirt) on savings used to purchase their property. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Those seeking to buy their first home will be eligible for a refund of their Deposit Interest Retention Tax (Dirt) on savings used to purchase their p(...)

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