Budget 2021

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Fiona Roper, owner of the Old Stone restaurant, serves customers  Aidan O’Donnell and Jack Britton: “I don’t see any positive news coming out of that budget for us at all.” Photograph: Joe Dunne

The inside of Fiona Roper’s cafe is newly decorated, and empty. She opened the Old Stone in Donegal town four days before Level-3 restrictions were in(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure  Michael McGrath leaned towards doing more, rather than doing less. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Go big or go home, as the old saying goes. And there is no doubt the Government has decided to go big in terms of spending to combat the massive econo(...)

Pensioners Betty O’Mahony, Eileen O’Neill and Lillian Hamill discuss the budget in Tory Top Park, in Cork. Photograph:  Michael Mac Sweeney/ Provision

All politics is local, especially in Cork. Taoiseach Micheál Martin’s neighbours watched him as he grew up in Turner’s Cross on the city’s southside. (...)

families

Has there ever been a more anodyne budget for families in Ireland? While significant stimulus has been directed at businesses, there were very few cha(...)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said even a limited free trade agreement would mean Irish products will still be on the shelves of British supermarkets. Photograph: Julien Behal

There is a “better than 50 per cent” chance of a limited free-trade agreement (FTA) between the United Kingdom and the European Union before the end o(...)

Budget 2021: Paschal and Michael deliver €17.75bn package 9:09

Irish Times Political Editor Pat Leahy interviews Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe TD and Michael McGrath TD Minister for Public Expenditure and Refor(...)

In order to ensure the salary of full-time worker on minimum wage will remain outside the top rate of USC, the ceiling of the second USC rate band will be increased. Photograph: iStock

Smokers who like driving diesel powered SUVs are likely to be hardest hit in abudget which has managed to be simultaneously parsimonious and giveaway.(...)

The Minister has  extended a measure that he put in place in the 2017 Finance Act to encourage the consolidation of smaller farms

Measures to encourage the transfer of farms to the next generation and to promote the consolidation of farm holdings have been extended in the budget.(...)

The Revenue says  its guidance will be updated to include  examples of how to claim a tax deduction for the cost of broadband. Photograph: Getty

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said working from home or remote working had been “an essential part” of the country’s response to the coronaviru(...)

Nicole Dunphy from Pandora Bell Confectionery Company,  with her daughter, Beth. Photograph: Don Moloney / Press 22

Nicole Dunphy is used to crises. She left RTÉ to start artisan confectioners Pandora Bell in 2008, just as the recession hit. Now, she faces the loomi(...)

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