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The value of average awards for personal injuries made by the Personal Injuries Assessment Board (PIAB) has fallen by 40% from last year’s levels, following the introduction of new Judicial Council guidelines in April. New research by PIAB shows that between 27 April and the end of September, average awards dropped from €23,877 to €14,233.…

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The Brexit Impact Loan Scheme, which is designed to help SMEs, farmers and fishers respond to the impact of Brexit has opened for applications today. The €330m scheme is the successor to the Brexit Loan Scheme, and is open to businesses in the primary agriculture and seafood sectors. The scheme provides low cost loans of…

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The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has said Budget 2022 will on average compensate most households for price growth forecast for next year. In its post-Budget analysis to be presented today, the ESRI said above inflation increases to core social welfare payments as well as supplemental payments for dependents and those living alone are…

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The latest EU proposal to address problems of post-Brexit trade in Northern Ireland provides a “sensible solution” and a bespoke arrangement which can provide a way forward, Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill has said. On RTÉ’s Morning Ireland the Sinn Féin vice president said the announcement has been “warmly welcomed” by the business…

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The Taoiseach has said he cannot guarantee that the 22 October phase of reopening will proceed as planned. Micheál Martin’s comments come as the Department of Health has been notified of 2,066 new coronavirus cases. He said a decision will be made early next week. Mr Martin said a presentation from Deputy Chief Medical Officer…

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The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC) said the Government has put the economy on a more “prudent path” after Budget 2022. IFAC said that in following its spending rule “even as revenues have surprised on the upside, the Government has the economy on a more prudent path that will reduce borrowing and the debt ratio…

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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has announced €1.5bn in extra spending and tax cuts in Budget 2022. He said the measures would tackle the rising cost of living, while putting the public finances on a sustainable path as we emerge from the pandemic. But the Opposition accused the Government of being “out of touch” and…

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Workers who pay income tax at the higher rate should see their take home pay rising by around €420 next year as a result of changes announced in the budget. An increase in the standard rate tax band by €1,500 will see the threshold at which they pay the 40% higher rate of income tax…

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Budget 2022, which will be announced this afternoon by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, followed by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath is expected to be a €4.7bn package – with €1bn in new spending and half a billion euro in tax cuts. An increase of €5 in the main weekly welfare payments…

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