ALONE – Budget 2016 -Vulnerable older people down €700 per annum since 2009

ALONE, the charity that advocates for older people in need, have examined the fine print of Budget 2016 and found it lacking in substance for vulnerable older people.   Sean Moynihan, CEO of ALONE has today reviewed Budget 2016’s focus in terms of health, housing and ageing at home in the community saying, “What problems is […]

February 2016 now odds on to see General Election

After previous reports of an election looming before the end of 2015, it now looks like it may be February next year when we head to the polls. Initially November 2015 was red hot at 1/3 to see an election take place, but following a fairly uplifting Budget on Tuesday the odds have drifted out […]

IFA Reaction to Budget 2016

IFA President Eddie Downey has welcomed the further progress made on farm taxation measures in today’s Budget, in particular the introduction by the Government of measures on farm succession to encourage a new generation of farmers to get involved with their parents in the business at an early stage. He said a tax credit of […]

Budget 2016 is economically positive overall, but it does not go far enough for the Construction Sector – CIF

The Construction Industry Federation are broadly supportive of Budget 2016 announced today, which sets Ireland on a positive path for economic growth and recovery.  However, further actions are needed in order to kick start growth in the construction sector, which currently employs more than 125,000 people.  It is essential now that we see follow through […]

Nothing for motorists in ‘give-away Budget’, says AA

The two most important cost items for ordinary motorists – fuel taxes and the cost of motor insurance – were left untouched by Minister Noonan in today’s budget, according to the AA. The motoring organisation has argued for the gradual removal of additional austerity-era taxes that were applied to fuel since the emergency budget of […]

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Budget 2016: AA calls for reduction in fuel tax

Ahead of Budget 2016 the AA is calling on the Irish Government to begin the process of removing the substantial additional austerity-era taxes on fuel. “A litre of petrol actually costs 44 cents.”  Says Director of Consumer Affairs Conor Faughnan. “Everything else is tax. We pay 136.5 cent at the pump at the moment because […]

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Construction Industry Federation to outline budget proposals to Ministers Noonan & Howlin

A delegation from the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) will meet with Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD in the Department of Finance on 17th September, as part of the pre-budget process currently underway. The meeting in the Department of Finance is to allow the CIF […]

If we want flourishing communities, we must invest in women

In a letter this week to the Minister for Environment, Community and Local Government Alan Kelly, the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) has called for urgently-needed funding to be restored to women’s community groups in Budget 2016. Eilís Ní Chaithnía, Membership Development Officer with NWCI, said, “Austerity and cutbacks over recent years have disseminated […]