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How did Budget 2015 affect you?

Posted on January 15, 2015

Budget 2015 tax calculator

This afternoon Daragh Lynch (aged 3) was on hand to help the Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Brendan Howlin launch our Budget 2015 tax calculator on our dedicated Budget 2015 website.

[Calculate how Budget 2015 affects you from our Budget website here.]

The calculator helps people quickly access how various tax cuts and child benefit increases will positively affect the money in their pockets  and can be found on our Budget 2015 website here.


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All About Jobs - Jobs Cabinet agrees economic and job creation measures

Posted on January 14, 2015

All about jobs

Following today’s Jobs Cabinet which focused on a range of economic and job creation strategies, the Tánaiste Joan Burton said the progress the Government is making on the economic and employment front is ‘clear to see’ from the 1000s returning to work each month. However the Tánaiste said economic growth and new jobs are not enough.

“We also have to ensure that workers get sufficient hours and a fair wage, which is why we are establishing the Low Pay Commission to examine the minimum wage and why we will also investigate the prevalence of zero-hour contracts and take action where required,” the Tánaiste said. Among the measures agreed for economic and job creation strategies include:

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Minister White lays flowers at Charlie Hebdo office

Posted on January 13, 2015

Minister Alex White leaving 17 roses at Charlie Hebdo  - Minister Alex White leaving 17 roses at Charlie Hebdo on behalf of the Irish people, for the victims and in solidarity with France.
Minister Alex White leaving 17 roses at Charlie Hebdo on behalf of the Irish people, for the victims and in solidarity with France.

Yesterday the Minister for Communications Alex White TD was in Paris where he visited the Charlie Hebdo offices leaving 17 white roses in memory of those who were killed in last week’s terrorist attacks.

Accompanying the flowers was a message which read: “On behalf of the Government and the people of Ireland, in memory of all the victims of the horrific attacks, and in solidarity with the people of France in defence of the values of tolerance and freedom of expression”.



Minister Alex White is on Twitter, you can follow him from here

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A Christmas message from the Tánaiste and Leader of the Labour Party Joan Burton

Posted on December 24, 2014

I want to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year for you, your family and your friends.

2015 will, I hope, will be a good year for Ireland; we will get more people back to work.

In January and Feb we will begin to see tax and USC reductions for people at work and we'll see an improvement in Child Benefit and the LIving Alone Allowance.

I hope for all of us 2015 will be a year of progress, building new homes for families who need them, putting more money into our health system, and improving our education system and opportunities for our young people.

Joan Burton

Tánaiste and Leader of the Labour Party

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Nash establishes Low Pay Commission

Posted on December 15, 2014

Minister Gerald Nash

People from worker and employer backgrounds are being asked to apply for membership of the new Low-Paid Commission established by Minister Gerald Nash. It has been set up to advise the Government on the appropriate rate of the National Minimum Wage on an annual basis.

Minister Nash said: "The setting up of the Low Pay Commission represents the delivery of an important Government commitment and continues the dignity of work agenda I am pursuing in my portfolio. Work should always pay. But I am also conscious of the need to balance a basic statutory minimum pay rate that is fair, with one that is sustainable and which allows employers to continue to create quality jobs."

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1,168,582 children to benefit from Children's Benefit rise

Posted on December 05, 2014

Some 611,366 families around the country will receive a €5 monthly increase in their Child Benefit in January. The €5 rise will be paid for 1,168,582 children and is one example of how everyone is beginning to share in the economic recovery Labour is delivering.

This has been possible by the recent positive economic figures and the Government is commited to increasing the rate for a further €5 for each child in 2016, provided that circumstances allow.

Our aim is to ensure people feel the economic recovery in their everyday lives and the Child Benefit increase is an example of how Labour is working to make that happen.

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Restoring Christmas Bonus show recovery will be felt by all

Posted on December 01, 2014

The Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Kevin Humphreys

1.23 million people on social welfare will receive a Christmas bonus this week following the partial restoration of the bonus, which was abolished by the previous Government in 2009.

Speaking about the restoration of the bonus the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton said the partial restoration of the bonus, along with the other welfare measures announced in Budget 2015 are “real indicators of the economic recovery and the Government’s ambition to ensure it will be a recovery felt by all”.

The Tánaiste also said Budget 2015 was the first budget where the Government has had the scope to make “real positive progress for welfare recipients”.

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€3.8b Social Housing Package launched

Posted on November 26, 2014

Minister Alan Kelly

Over the next six years 35,000 additional social housing units will be made available as part of a €3.8billion social housing package announced today by Minister Alan Kelly.

Speaking at the launch Minister Kelly said the six-year €3.8b programme sets out to fully meet the Government’s ambitious goals for housing.

“It makes a fresh start for social housing in Ireland. One of the main priorities for this Government is to address the challenge of providing social housing for the people of this country; this strategy sets out how we will achieve this priority.”

The Social Housing Social Strategy 2020 includes:

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Budget 2015 - Getting people back to work with the Back to Work Family Dividend

Posted on November 20, 2014

Getting Back 2 Work

Job creation strategy continues to be a priority for the Government and one of the measures contained in Budget 2015, the Back to Work Family Dividend, is being introduced to help support unemployed jobseekers with children who want to return to work.

[Find out more about the Back to Work Dividend from our newly launched Getting Back 2 Work website]

The Back to Work Family Dividend allows the person taking up a job to retain the child-related portion of their social welfare payment on a tapered basis over two years. This includes those who move to self-employment, such as back into the construction sector, and those on the One Parent Family Payment.

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This is a significant moment for the country - Minister Alan Kelly

Posted on November 19, 2014

Today Minister Alan Kelly announced the details of the new water package saying ‘we as a Government needed time to listen and take stock and have done that’.

Minister Alan Kelly added: “We can either create the only company capable of delivering water infrastructure for our citizens or we can ignore the problems of future generations and let water shortages become a reality for our children.”

The key measures are as follows:

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