Budget 2015

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The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin announced yesterday that the Government would contribute €1.5 billion in exchequer funding by 2017.

The Government plans to build 10,000 social housing units by 2018 as part of a €2.2 billion capital investment package that could include private sect(...)

Last year, 182 organisations in 15 countries received funding for more than 350 projects under the Emigrant Support Programme. Photograph: Getty Images

Organisations supporting Irish emigrants will be allocated an additional €1 million next year under new measures introduced as part of Budget 2015. Th(...)

Today’s budget gave no hint of an increased subvention for Iarnród Éireann or its parent company CIÉ. Photograph:

CIÉ will seek to establish over coming days whether the transport provision in the budget will allow Iarnród Éireann to maintain services or require i(...)

Members of the Navy and Defence Forces marching on Westmorland Street in Dublin as part of commemorations to mark the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Some €4 million has been provided in the budget for the forthcoming Easter 1916 centenary commemorations. The money will be spent on preparing for the(...)

The IFSC in Dublin. A new tax regime to try to retain Ireland’s attraction for foreign direct investment has been announced as part of the Budget.  File photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

A new tax regime to try to retain Ireland’s attraction for foreign direct investment has been announced as part of the Budget. This comes as the Gover(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin at Government Buildings before the Budget announcement today. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ireland’s plan to abolish the ‘double-Irish’ shows the EU’s decision to push the tax evasion agenda “provides good results,” the EU Commissioner fo(...)

A budget of just under €600 million has been allocated for the maintenance and improvement of national, regional and local roads. Photograph: The Irish Times

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe is “confident” that his department’s budget allocation will be enough to tackle Irish Rail’s cash problems.The (...)

This Budget comes as the Coalition angles for re-election within 18 months.

Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin sought to deliver a little something for a lot of people this afternoon, but no-one will feel wealthy after their fo(...)

The total allocation for spending in education for next year will be €8.3 billion. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

More than 1,700 full time teachers and special needs assistants will be employed in the education sector next year as a result of additional funding a(...)

“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(...)

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