Outside Leinster House, Kildare Street, this afternoon, during the 2012 budget debate.
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Expecting a good turnout…
Most of the detail of Wednesday’s budget comprising €3.5 billion in cuts and tax rises was signed off at the weekend amid last-minute tension between Labour and Fine Gael.
Government sources said the spending side was “pretty much agreed”. However, some other elements of the budget, such as an extension of PRSI to cover more income, were still to be concluded.
Key elements in the package are said to include a property tax of 0.2 per cent of house value, with a higher rate or “mansion tax” for residences valued above €1 million; a child benefit rate cut of €10; a motor tax increase of 15 per cent; and a reduction from 12 months to nine for payment of non-means-tested jobseeker’s allowance.
(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
Post budget protests on Merrion Street and at the front gates of Leinster House last night.
No. Not ‘brave’. What’s the word?
Brendan Howlin at yesterday evening’s press conference after presenting the Comprehensive Expenditure Report 2012 – 2014 and cuts of €1.4 billion across a range of State services to the Dail.
The gurnathon continues at 3.45.