Budget 2013 saw current spending being largely maintained at 2012 levels with Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
There has been an increase in funding for the roll out of fast broadband to secondary schools by €1m (to €3m) as 200 more schools are provided with 100Mbps broadband bringing the total number of schools connected to 500 (the remaining 250 schools will be connected in 2014).
Ruairi Quinn - fulfilling Labour's promise to transform Irish education.
Protecting education is a priority for the Government and many of the measures in Budget 2013 will protect the most vulnerable in our education system.
Class sizes have been protected for the 2013/14 and class sizes will be also be protected for free second-level schools. SNA numbers and resource teachers will be protected and there are no changes to the overall staffing or funding for DEIS schemes.
The subvention to fee-paying schools will be reduced through the change in class-size ratio from 21:1 to 23:1 from next September. This means that those who have most will pay most.
Today addressing the Dáil the Tánaiste said the Budget is a bridge to the future. He added the Government's mission is to fix the economy so that it works for the people. You can read what he said below or watch the speech in the accompanying video.
"This is a difficult budget, and it is a hard budget. It is a budget that will hit many people's pockets. But it is also a necessary budget, an honest budget, and a fair budget.
This budget is not an end in itself. It is step that, as a country, we need to take on the road to recovery. It is a bridge to the future
For weeks now, all we have heard from the opposition is fairytale economics.
Addressing the Dáil, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said: "This Government continues to face a daunting challenge in repairing the economy and the public finances. Difficult decisions are still required. We are committed to meeting that challenge, and are confident that through good government we can lead Ireland back to independent funding and back to sustainable growth in living standards and in employment."
Last night Minister of State Kathleen Lynch spoke in the Dáil about the publication of the Expert Group report on the A, B and C v Ireland judgement saying that Labour stands ready to legislate. You can see what she said in the accompanying video or read her speech which is detailed below. You can read the report at this link.
I wish to thank Deputy Daly and her colleagues for raising this important matter in the Dáil and for their valuable work in attempting to frame this complex legal and medical issue in a legislative proposal.
The Expert Group report on the A, B and C v Ireland judgement by the ECHR published today by the Govenrment not only fulfilled a commitment made in the programme for Government but also outlined a timeline for action. This issue has been ongoing for 20 years and this is the first Government that has decided to deal with this sensitive issue properly.