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Budget 2013 to be revealed this afternoon


Minster for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin will present the details of Budget 2013 to the Dáil this afternoon.

The Budget will contain revenue raising measures amounting to €1.25bn, and cuts in spending amounting to €2.25bn.

It is the second budget of the Fine Gael-Labour coalition and the fifth austerity budget in a row.

Mr Noonan will begin at 2.30pm and his speech, expected to last around 45 minutes, will focus on revenue raising measures.

It will be followed by a similar contribution from Labour’s Brendan Howlin who will outline spending cuts.

Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and the technical group will follow suit with two speakers apiece.

Throughout the afternoon there will be briefing sessions at which individual ministers will outline the implications for their departments.

The first vote is due just after tea time.

via Budget 2013 to be revealed this afternoon – RTÉ News.

via Budget 2013 to be revealed this afternoon – RTÉ News.

TEEU claims retrofitting projects could create 80,000 jobs


Technical Engineering and Electrical Union General Secretary Eamon Devoy said the country needs to refocus on manufacturing in both new and established industries.

He said retrofitting buildings, including schools and local authority housing, would ultimately be self-financing in energy savings.

Mr Devoy also voiced concern about the plight of 2,800 redundant apprentices.

He said they were trapped in the system, as they are unable to complete their apprenticeships, but said they could at least seek jobs abroad if they could complete their training.

The general secretary acknowledged progress in reducing the number of apprentices in this position from 10,000 two years ago.

However, he said the hidden tragedy remained that thousands of young school leavers are denied access to training and potential careers because opportunities in traditional crafts had been largely closed off.

He called for the establishment of a Task Force on Job Creation to report within six months to identify opportunities at home and abroad.

via TEEU claims retrofitting projects could create 80,000 jobs – RTÉ News.

via TEEU claims retrofitting projects could create 80,000 jobs – RTÉ News.

Tallaght Hospital secures €12m overdraft from AIB – RTÉ News


Talllaght Hospital was over budget by over €10m in July

The hospital was over budget by over €10m in July.

It said it sought a letter of support from the Health Service Executive for the overdraft from AIB.

In a statement tonight, the hospital said it was managing its finances prudently and had made savings of 6% in its budget this year, despite a 5% increase in in-patient care.

Tallaght is one of around five major hospitals that are heavily over budget and last year it was over budget by over €14m.

The Government has said there will be no supplementary health budget to assist health overruns.

The HSE said tonight that under Service Level Agreements (SLAs) these hospitals are permitted to seek an overdraft up to 7% of their budget for the final quarter of the year.

Other hospitals that have exceeded their budgets are Beaumont, Limerick Regional, Galway University Hospital and Cork University Hospital.

via Tallaght Hospital secures €12m overdraft from AIB – RTÉ News.

via Tallaght Hospital secures €12m overdraft from AIB – RTÉ News.

Richard Bruton confirms up to 8,000 public sector redundancies will be sought


Reacting to a story in today’s Sunday Times which said that Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin is to seek up to 8,000 redundancies, Minister Bruton said “the numbers have been published – it’s of that order”.

He told RTÉ‘s This Week the cuts had already been signalled but that it is not just about cutting pay.

He said the whole system needs to deliver costs effectively.

He also defended Cabinet colleague James Reilly over his explanation of the selection of sites for primary care centres.

Mr Bruton said Mr Reilly was a really reforming minister.

He added that Mr Reilly had set out in detail in the Dáil the criteria under which sites in his constituency were added to a list of locations.

Mr Bruton said the important challenge for Mr Reilly now was to reform the entire health service.

via Richard Bruton confirms up to 8,000 public sector redundancies will be sought – RTÉ News.

via Richard Bruton confirms up to 8,000 public sector redundancies will be sought – RTÉ News.

Quinn plans law change to force university compliance over pay


This follows recent reports of large sums being paid out in what the Department of Education regards as unapproved payments by colleges.

In a statement, Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn said no one sector should be able to operate outside of parameters laid down by Government.

Mr Quinn said he had secured Government agreement for changes to the Universities Act, which would strike a balance between university autonomy and protecting the economy at a time of crisis.

Between 2005 and 2009, around €7.5 million was paid in additional allowances by various universities to senior members of staff.

The new legislation will also give the minister powers to oblige universities to comply with collective agreements such as the Croke Park deal.

Trinity College Dublin has recently refused to implement a binding Labour Court finding under the provisions of that agreement.

via Quinn plans law change to force university compliance over pay – RTÉ News.

via Quinn plans law change to force university compliance over pay – RTÉ News.

Report recommends child benefit reductions –


Child benefit payments could be cut to around €100 per child each month according to a report compiled by an advisory group to the Social Protection Minister.

The proposal could save up to €200m a year

The report seen by RTÉ‘s The Week in Politics programme recommends what it calls a two-tier child benefit system.

It would see a cut to the universal payment with top up payments then made available to low income families.

The report says this proposal could save up to €200m a year.

Currently, child benefit is paid at €140 per child for the first two children, the third child receives €148, while €160 is paid for the fourth and subsequent children.

In last year’s budget, the Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin said the rates would be standardised to €140 for all children over the next two years.

via Report recommends child benefit reductions – RTÉ News.

via Report recommends child benefit reductions – RTÉ News.

Robinson calls on Irish Govt to apologise for IRA emergence – RTÉ News


Peterr Robinson, whose party shares power with Sinn Fein, made his call on the BBC

Northern Ireland’s First Minister has called on the Irish Government to apologise for its role in the emergence of the IRA in the 1970s.

Peterr Robinson, whose party shares power with Sinn Fein, made his call on the BBC

The administration never backed the violent tactics of the Provisional IRA, but unionists accuse it of failing to crack down on the group’s activity in the Republic of Ireland.

Democratic Unionist leader Peter Robinson said: “There is a clear connection between what the IRA did in its infancy and the Government of the Irish Republic.

He said: “I think the Irish Republic would do well to look at its role and recognise that it was not the way it should have behaved in those days, and apologise for it because massive death and destruction followed.”

via Robinson calls on Irish Govt to apologise for IRA emergence – RTÉ News.

via Robinson calls on Irish Govt to apologise for IRA emergence – RTÉ News.

Frances Fitzgerald denies rushing children’s referendum wording – RTÉ News


Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald has denied suggestions that the Government is leaving it to the last minute to agree and publish the wording for the children’s referendum.

via Frances Fitzgerald denies rushing children’s referendum wording – RTÉ News.

via Frances Fitzgerald denies rushing children’s referendum wording – RTÉ News.

Ireland and Spain first to benefit from bank union –


Lenders from Ireland and Spain are expected to be the first institutions to be covered by new ECB-led regulatory regime. union.

Ireland’s banks are expected to be swept into the new structure in the first half of next year,�writes Business Editor David Murphy.

There will be significant advantage to Ireland when its banks are covered by the new regulatory regime.

The development would have the effect of allowing access to funds in the European Stability Mechanism.

via Ireland and Spain first to benefit from bank union – RTÉ News.

via Ireland and Spain first to benefit from bank union – RTÉ News.

McFeely remanded on bail over €24,000 debt – RTÉ News


Mr McFeely appeared before Dublin District Civil Court for the case involving a debt to MCR Personnel.

He was facing up to three months jail for failing to comply with repayments as part of an instalments order by the court.

A warrant was issued on a previous occasion for his arrest when he failed to appear.

via McFeely remanded on bail over €24,000 debt – RTÉ News.

via McFeely remanded on bail over €24,000 debt – RTÉ News.

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