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    Budget 2014: Prepare To Be Astounded

    The kites have been taken it. The Germans have said "ja". Noonan has told us that we are going to be astounded by all the good news in this budget. Just this morning they have announced free (€40m to be found somewhere, with no agreement from the IMO) GP care for all children under 5 years of age (linkage) to be framed within a reduction of €500m for health expenditure. There's talk of extending the age categories for reduced welfare payments for the young to secure an overall reduction of €290m from the welfare expenditure.

    We have the European/Local elections next summer so there will be a lot of pandering to certain demographics to help prop up Labour, mainly.
    Last edited by The Word Is Born; 14th-October-2013, 08:15.
    The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

    #2
    Have they not learned that people react badly to over-egging this stuff ?

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      #3
      Joaney successful bullies the government into reducing social welfare budget cuts from 440m to 290m - 5 years of austerity budgets and we still go on with the absolutely farcical situation of not means testing child benefit. Priceless stuff.

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        #4
        There is a keyboard warrior tax on the way. 10c a post.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Drick View Post
          There is a keyboard warrior tax on the way. 10c a post.
          Idle speculation.
          The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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            #6
            Don't be so skeptical everyone. After what Mr. Noonan has said I am delighted that this budget is great for all of us (even though I haven’t seen it yet). So despite over 2.5 BILLION of euro cuts this is fantastic news

            Happy days
            "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

            Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

            Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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              #7
              They did knock €600m off the cuts as well, but they have added them onto Budget 2015.
              The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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                #8
                Exactly - instead of going after the fluff in our bellybuttons that are doing us a favour (allegedly)
                "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                  #9
                  Bord Gais is to be sold to fund some of the "good news" but the price might be 25-30% below expectations.
                  The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Drick View Post
                    There is a keyboard warrior tax on the way. 10c a post.
                    Woo hoo Welcome to the largest sovereign wealth fund in the world.
                    Definition of Insanity. Playing the same game plan over and over again expecting a different result.

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                      #11
                      http://www.thejournal.ie/noonan-howl...28138-Oct2013/

                      The Budget will not be easy’: Howlin and Noonan’s video preview of Budget 2014

                      Don’t be scared now…




                      IT WON’T BE easy but we’ve made loads of progress, is the central message from video messages recorded by Ministers Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin ahead of tomorrow’s Budget.

                      The two short videos have been posted by the government’s official news service MerrionStreet.ie and tee up the Budget announcement without giving away too much.

                      As Noonan and Howlin list their achievements, helpful captions reinforce the message of general positivity.

                      “We’re on the verge of leaving of the EU-IMF bailout, the economy is growing and 3,000 jobs are being created each month,” Noonan says.





                      Meanwhile, Howlin informs us that this Budget is about three things, the first being “you, the people”.

                      He says that the reduced adjustment “will nurture the green shoots we’ve seen in our domestic economy” but warns “the Budget will not be easy, that’s a given.”

                      Gulp.

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                        #12
                        What's the rate of the "Idle Speculation Tax"?

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                          #13
                          How much did they spend on make-up for the videos?
                          "There are a lot of points that we’ve left behind and this is with a young group. That probably tells you what they’re capable of and that they’re a very good side.

                          Probably next year or the year after next they will take some stopping"

                          Anthony Foley, May 2016. Axel RIP

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                            #14
                            So we have 2 ministers announcing the budget tomorrow. I am surprised that no journalist has ever had the balls to ask Mr Howlin, how his department are performing with all the cuts they were supposed to implement.
                            "You clearly don't know who you're talking to, so let me clue you in.
                            I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger.
                            A guy opens his door and gets shot, and you think that of me?
                            No! I am the one who knocks!"

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                              #15
                              The plan to give free GP care to children under 5 is nothing more than a political stunt according to the IMO who have some scathing comments to make on the subject.

                              http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/government-s-plan-for-free-gp-care-criticised-as-political-stunt-by-imo-1.1560316

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