Video: Final touches on Budget 2023, calls for increase to state pension

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Minister put final touches on Budget 2023

Government leaders are meeting to finalise Budget 2023 ahead of its announcement on Tuesday.

Amongst the talking points are energy supports for businesses, the total increase in social welfare payments and a childcare scheme.

The entry point for the higher income tax rate is set to rise to €40,000, according to Newstalk, which will benefit workers by €800 a year. Currently, the 40 per cent rate kicks in on income above €36,800.

As part of new measures to be included in the budget, all primary school children will receive free textbooks come next September.

Calls for increase state pension

The Government is being called to significantly increase the state pension ahead of Budget 2023.

Older people will be watching the Tuesday's budget announcement keenly.

"I've heard of people planning already to go on train journeys to keep warm because they won't be able to afford to heat their homes. That is quite frightening,” one woman said.

Driver (21) accused of damaging cars and injuring pedestrians in Fermoy

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A 21-year-old man has been charged with a string of road traffic and criminal damage offences which allegedly occurred in Fermoy, Co Cork last Saturday, including damaging a garda car, damaging two cars and causing injury to two individuals and leaving the scene of collisions.

Jonathan Woodside, of Killally West, Kilworth in Co Cork, appeared before Mallow District Court on Monday. The college student, who works part time, has been remanded in custody in connection with the charges.

Russia school shooter leaves fifteen dead

A gunman has opened fire in a school in central Russia, killing 15 people including 11 children and hurting 24 others before shooting himself dead, authorities said.

The shooting took place at School Number 88 in Izhevsk, a city 600 miles east of Moscow in the Udmurtia region.

Russia’s Investigative Committee identified the gunman as 34-year-old Artyom Kazantsev, a graduate of the same school, and said he was wearing a black T-shirt bearing “Nazi symbols”.

Activists spared jailed after owners of disused building regain possession

The owners of a disused Dublin building that had been illegally occupied and used by a group calling itself the Revolutionary Housing League as accommodation for the homeless have regained possession of the property.

Four men were brought before the High Court on Monday afternoon following their arrest by members of An Garda Síochana at Parkgate House, Dublin 8.

Despite three of the four me before the court – Mr Sean Doyle, Mr Stephen Maher and Mr Stephen Sheridan – had refused to give any undertaking to comply with the court's order, Mr Justice Mark Heslin declined to commit any of them to Mountjoy prison.

 

 

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