Budget 2016

Posted on October 2, 2015

The top items of budget 2016 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and  Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin have announced the tax and expenditure measures for 2016. Check to see how did you fare out?  USC cuts  Top rate will drop from 7% to 5.5% for people earning in excess of €18,668 and up to €70,044 It will drop from 3.5% to 3% for people earning between €12,012 to €18,688 It will drop from 1.5% to 1% for the €12,012 of income earned.  Home Carer...

How is your driving?

Posted on March 24, 2015

The Celtic Tiger years, allied to European funding, provided significant improvements to the primary routes connecting regions, towns and cities the length and breath of Ireland, with new motorways (including the dreaded tolls),  and enhanced infrastructure which facilitates the movement of goods and services, which in turn attracts external investment and jobs. Since the beginning of the economic downturn, there has been far less money devoted to maintaining roads, particularly country roads, which has resulted in deterioration in many rural...

Does the Leaving Cert Even Matter?

Posted on September 15, 2016

As thousands of students around the country anxiously await their Leaving Cert results, we ask the question. Does it even matter? In 2014, the Journal.ie surveyed people who had already completed the Leaving Cert and asked: Does the Leaving Cert matter? The options were as follows:  Yes, it’s very important No, it’s important in the short term, but not the long term No The results showed that 55% of people felt that it was important in the short term, but not the long-term. (See...