The Dáil has passed the votes to cut to the dole for under 26's, to reduce maternity benefit and to abolish the bereavement grant.
Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has again defended cuts to the dole for under 26s, saying we have to be "more ambitious" for young people.
The new VAT incentive on construction is likely to be given immediate effect, rather than start in the new year.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has admitted that around half of private health insurance policyholders will be affected by changes in the Budget.
Minister for Health James Reilly has the full support of every member of Cabinet, Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin claimed today.
Senior citizens are to protest outside the Dáil today against cuts in the Budget.
A cut to the Single Parent Tax Credit announced in the recent Budget is unfair and out-of tune with modern Ireland, Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD said today.
Health Minister James Reilly says he has no intention of resigning.
Official budget measures of €666m at the Department of Health might not be enough to balance the books, according to senior sources in the department.
Fianna Fáil has said the Government is "in denial" about changing the discretionary medical card scheme.
The official health insurance regulator has said changes to the tax system in the Budget will affect more than two-thirds of all health insurance customers.
The leader of the main opposition party has accused the Government of lying over the medical card issue.
Minister for Health James Reilly was today forced to defend his controversial decision in the Budget to review the provision of medical cards.
Minister for Health James Reilly has said that elderly people have nothing to be afraid of when it comes to a review of the medical card scheme.
Up to 100,000 people could lose their medical card under the governments plan to cut €666m from the Department of Health.
The health minister has warned that cuts to HSE funding for next year will be the biggest challenge Ireland's health system has ever faced.
Social Protection Minister Joan Burton in discussions with the Justice Minister to send 20 gardaí to her department.
Several aspects of yesterday's health budget could cause "significant distress to the most vulnerable patients", the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) warned today.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has claimed cuts to young people’s dole payments will ultimately leave them better off.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended cuts in yesterday's Budget that will largely affect older people.
Cabinet members and the Taoiseach have defended a review of the medical card scheme that is aimed at saving €113m from the Health budget.
The Irish Cancer Society has said that a 10 cent increase in the price of cigarettes announced in yesterday's Budget is "tokenistic" and "hugely disappointing".
The decision to cut maternity benefit in yesterday's Budget is being described as "anti-women and anti-families"
Budget cuts surrounding the withdrawal of medical cards, removing the telephone allowance and death grants and slashing maternity benefit will dominate Dáil business today.
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A budget passed off as fair and progress by the Government has been slammed as an attack on the young, old and new mothers.
The Minister for Jobs, Richard Bruton, said the Government is clamping down on companies that don't pay tax in any jurisdiction.
The Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn, has said that unemployment benefit needs to be made unattractive to young people so that it will be treated as a last resort.
The Health Minister James Reilly has said he "doesn't know" how many people will lose their medical cards following Budget 2014.
As Budget speeches go, it was workaday performance from Michael Noonan to a nation jaded by austerity.
The Institute of Certified Public Accountants have broadly welcomed the measures in today's budget designed to encourage business development and entrepreneurship.
The Society St.Vincent de Paul is concerned about the impact on older and younger people of today's Budget.
The Government is to pump €10m into a scheme aimed at completing ghost estates in a bid to heal the scars of the economic collapse.
Ireland is committed to a crackdown on big business tax avoidance, Finance Minister Michael Noonan has claimed.
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Brendan Howlin has claimed that the Budget is the last under the Troika and is designed to minimise the hurt for households.
Unite Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly has said that today's Budget will "incentivise emigration" instead of investing in employment.
Sinn Féin Youth Affairs spokesperson Senator Kathryn Reilly has said that "budget 2014 gives young people just one guarantee - emigration".
The tourism and hospitality industry has welcomed two key measures announced in today's budget.
The National Off-Licence Association (NOffLA) has said it is deeply disappointed over the Government’s decision to increase excise duty
The Irish Heart Foundation has slammed the "paltry" increase in excise duty on cigarettes and its failure to impose a so-called sugar tax on fizzy drinks in the Budget.
From the elderly, sick and disabled, to children, students and the unemployed - few have escaped the clutches of austerity since the meltdown of the Irish economy.
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There is a large security operation in force around Dublin city centre ahead of this afternoon's Budget.
Europe’s top economic official has warned unemployment in Ireland remains too high.
There is speculation that the Budget may contain a measure to allow people to claim back VAT if they use a reputable building contractor.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the latest in a long line of austerity budgets is about Ireland and Irish people being able to move forward.
Gardaí are warning of traffic delays in Dublin city centre because of the Budget Day security operation.
The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said that today's Budget will be "pro-family".
The country is expecting another crippling Budget as the Government prepares to unveil a fresh raft of tax hikes and spending cuts today.
The nation is braced for a crippling austerity Budget – the seventh endured in just five years.
The Government is to provide free GP care to children under five years of age as part of a budget package targeting families with young children.
Cabinet ministers were meeting in Dublin tonight to hammer out final details of the budget.
The Cabinet will meet this evening to sign off on the Budget.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed Ireland will exit its strict bailout programme on December 15.
The public will be "astounded at all the good news" in Tuesday's Budget, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said today.
A pre-Budget march protesting against austerity is due to get underway in Dublin.
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has urged the media to focus on "a bigger picture" as the Government prepares to introduce the Budget next week.
The government are forecasting a Budget deficit of 7.3% this year, just inside the target set by Ireland's international lenders.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has issued a warning to Social Protection Minister Joan Burton tonight saying the social welfare system requires "radical reform".
A Cabinet meeting has ended without concrete agreement on how much each Department will have to cut in next week's Budget.
An Independent TD is calling on the Government to reduce the local property tax for those in negative equity.
The Cabinet has been called to a special Budget meeting this morning in Government Buildings.
Doctors have called for minimum pricing on alcohol to be introduced in the Budget.
Two alternatives to next weeks budget have been outlined by the Opposition - both would tax more than Michael Noonan is likely to announce.
The economy is recovering faster than expected, according to the Economic and Social Research Institute.
The Education Minister Ruairí Quinn has said he cannot rule out increases to the pupil-teacher ratio in the Budget.
Sinn Féin is proposing to cut politicians' pay and abolish the property tax in its alternative Budget.
A Cabinet minister has shrugged off calls for private sector wages to be increased after the Budget.
Barnardos is appealing to the government to protect child benefit in the next budget.
The Cabinet is likely to sign off on a headline figure for the Budget later this morning.
The Construction Industry Federation is calling on the Government to remove the low VAT rate from the tourism and services sector and pass it on to the construction industry.
An increase in excise rates will cost jobs and squeeze struggling consumers, it has been claimed.
EU authorities have been given an advance copy of the Budget for approval before the package of measures is approved by Cabinet.
The Finance Minister Michael Noonan is said to be considering a cut in VAT for construction workers to kick-start the industry.
The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has warned that the Budget will still be "difficult to bear", even though austerity measures will be slightly eased.
The Tánaiste has declined to say how much less than the €3.1bn planned correction the budget will be.
The Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has again hinted that proposals on a two-tier child benefit system may be shelved.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed that the Budget will not include any increase to income taxes.
The final figure for the Budget could be signed off by Ministers today after Exchequer figures are released this afternoon.
A Cabinet minister has said Ireland needs to raise its tax bands in order to stop workers from emigrating.
The €1 levy on wine, which was introduced in last December's Budget, has created more than €45m in tax revenue during the past eight months.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said people should know that the budget will be made up of a combination of spending cuts and tax increases.
The Government's Economic Management Council has begun discussions on next month's budget.
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