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An increase in the price of cigarettes was also unveiled Minister Pascal Donohue announced a rise in a packet of cigarettes by 50c with a pro rata increase on other tobacco products VAT for the hospitality sector will be reduced to 9% from November 1st until December 2021

A strategy on working from home is in development There will be no broad changes to income tax credits or bands with the ceiling for the second USC rate adjusted up to 20,687 as the Minister outlines The Minister says he is currently working on a developing a strategy for home working as it proved […]

The Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme or a similar scheme will be needed out to the end of 2021 Minister Donohoe says Department of Finance is forecasting a total loss of approximately 320,000 jobs this year, with this recovering by approximately 155,000 next year He says the key to reducing our deficit and managing our debt […]

He described Budget 2021 as a bridge to that future Finance Minister Pascal Donohue is on his feet in the Dail delivering Budget 2021 He began his Budget speech by outlining that the test we face due to Covid 19 is daunting and he acknowledged the anxiety that prevails about the future of lives and […]

The key points from Budget 2021 Total budget package will be €17.75 billion. €17bn in expenditure and €270 million in taxation. €8.5bn on public services including €2.1 billion on contingency funding. Capital spending to increase by €1.6 billion. €3.4 billion recovery fund There will be a new COVID restrictions support scheme to provide targeted support for businesses […]

All full time third level students will be given a €250 bonus at a total cost of €50 million. Details are being worked out but it may come as a top up to the SUSI grant payments or through colleges if they paid fees. Meanwhile carbon tax is set to increase which will lead to […]

The cabinet sub-committee has agreed to ask the departments of health and justice to draw them up There will be different levels of fines for people who break Covid laws, like not wearing a mask or travelling outside their county. Sinn Féin’s justice spokesman, Martin Kenny, says it’s not good idea:

The move to online education will be one of a number discussed at a learning technologies event in Dublin today. Thousands of students have had their studies moved from lecture halls to online due to Covid-19. Professor Gilly Salmon, says going back to the way things were isn’t likely:

Two Garda investigations are ongoing into what happened at the Oireachtas golf society dinner in August. 81 people attended the event with a partition placed in the centre of the room – when there was a cap of 50 people at indoor gatherings. The Irish Examiner reports the Station House Hotel in Clifden will be […]

The liquidator wants to remove stock from the stores. Three former Debenhams workers are in court today including former Mahon Point Debenhams worker Carol Ann Bridgeman, and although her colleagues can’t support her due to COVID19 restrictions, they say they’ll show their support by blocking any vans that arrive after today’s case is heard. Workers […]


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