Budget 2019

  • There's good news in today's Budget for hundreds of householders in Co Mayo whose homes have been damaged by pyrite in the blockwork.

    The Government has signed off in principle on a grant aid scheme to assess and repair homes in Mayo affected by pyrite.

    An expert report was published last year which revealed that up to 400 homes across the county were affected by pyrite damage-  particularly in north and west Mayo.

    Mayo FG Senator Michelle Mulherin, who has been campaigning for some time for a compensation scheme for the private homeowners affected, has welcomed the news in today's Budget that a Concrete Blockwork Scheme is to be established, and money will be provided from next year to assist homeowners carry out remedial works.

  • The Government has unveiled Budget 2019 with no real surprises in Paschal Donohoe's plan.

    More than 66 billion euro will be spent next year.

    2.3 billion will be spent in 2019 on housing, including 1.25 billion to deliver 10,000 social homes next year.

    An affordable Housing scheme has been funded, which the government hopes will deliver 6,000 affordable homes.

    The health budget will be brought to 17 billion and free GP care extended to an extra 100,000 people.

    An extra 84 million has been dedicated to mental health services.

    Social Welfare payments will rise by 5 euro a week across the board, and the Christmas bonus will be restored in full for all social welfare recipients.

    Cigarettes will be 50 cent a pack more expensive, while alcohol has been left alone in this Budget.

    There's no carbon tax increase but a 1 per cent surcharge has been put on VRT for diesel cars.

    The Minimum wage is to be increased to 9.80 per hour

    The most contentious measure may be increasing the VAT rate for the tourism and hospitality sector to 13.5 per cent

    The Restaurants Association of Ireland is describing the Budget as "a dark day for the tourism and hospitality sector".

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    New parents are in line for an extra two weeks of paid leave as part of Budget 2019.

    According to the Irish Independent, the extra leave will run alongside current maternity and paternity benefits.

    It's understood the leave is non transferable between parents -  and must be taken in the first year of a child's life.

  • People should take a look at the alternative budget proposed by Sinn Fein and judge it on its own merits.

    That’s according to Mayo Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh.

    She says that despite criticism from Government, this is a fully costed budget that the party feels addresses some of the main concerns facing the country at present.

    Senator Conway-Walsh says that they would look to tackle the housing crisis, beds in hospitals and waiting lists amongst other concerns, by taxing various outlets.

    She says she has also highlighted a number of issues in Mayo that deserve priority funding.