Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the top tax rate on middle-income families will be dropped to a maximum of 50 per cent in 12 months’ time, all but confirming plans cut the upper income tax rate to 39 per cent in the next budget.
Mr Kenny remarks, in a Dáil speech this afternoon, are also seen as a clear indication that the new upper USC rate of 8 per cent on income exceeding €70,000 would be increased to 9 per cent when the top income tax rate is cut again.
This also implies that the two lower USC rates would each be cut by a further half percentage point to 1 per cent and 3 per cent respectively.
Want to see what that will all mean to you (should it all come to pass)?
We have Karl’s Budget 2016 calculator prepared already!
British military intelligence agents in Northern Ireland used fears about demonic possessions, black masses and witchcraft as part of a psychological war against emerging armed groups in the Troubles in the 1970s, a study says.
“It was quite clear that the church, both the Roman Catholic church and the Protestant church, even for the paramilitaries, held a fair degree of influence,” [Army Captain Colin] Wallace said. “So we were looking for something that would be regarded with abhorrence really by the two communities, and at the same time would be something that paramilitaries couldn’t justify, and also would be in many ways seen as a reason why some of the outrages were taking place.
We released a new version of the Broadsheet applast week with iPhone 6/6+ support and a lovely Today widget and for most people it’s been working fine.
A small number of users are experiencing a crash when trying to view any post. Sorry. Unfortunately I’ve been unable to replicate the crash on any of my test devices so it’s proving to be a very frustrating bug hunt.
So I need your help.
If you’re one of these users and you’d like to give us a hand I would ask you to sign up to our Beta. Once you’ve signed up to TestFlight, register your iPhone with them and I’ll then be able to send you a test version of the app to make sure the bug is well and truly squished.
I’m putting together / running an event for comic book creators in a few weeks called ComicJam48 Dublin.
The goal is to establish an great event that can be replicated by other organisers in other communities around the world. Similar to the StartupWeekend.org movement that has been growing in the tech community over the last 4 years.
The idea for ComicJam48 came, like a lot of great ideas, out of a conversation over a few pints. We though it would be cool if there was a weekend event where people who love creating comics can get together in a really great location, Generator Hostel in Smithfield on the 6th & 7th of September, where we will feed and water attendees to keep them at their creative best, plus there will be limited edition T-shirts and a printed copy of the Anthology of all the projects created at the event for each attendee. All this from €35 (Early-Bird) per person.
We are hoping for a good mix of experience and inexperience at this event. While we’re planning on having mentors on the day to offer advice and make sure everything runs smoothly, the real goal of this event is collaboration and for people to teach and learn from each other, to share ideas and ask questions.
Released yesterday, ShipAntics – The Legend of the Kiki Beast is the latest puzzle game from Dublin based StoryToys.
They describe it as
ShipAntics stars a madcap crew of seafaring adventurers: Captain Fred, the warm-hearted skipper of the Barnacle, Amanda his precocious, wild and wide-eyed daughter, and Otto, a cheeky young tall-tale touting Octopus. Your orders are to help Amanda and Otto as they venture into the wild blue yonder, solving mysteries and puzzles with Fred and the rest of the crew of the Barnacle.
Which actually boils down to it being a nice little point-and-click type adventure game that reminds me of the glory days of Monkey Island.
It’s a cute little game and the obviously high production values make it a delight to play.