Budget 2017 – A Wasted Opportunity

Before Budget 2017 the Hibernia Forum highlighted the fact that Income tax payers had been singled out by Government. The central reality is that while the real economy and revenues under most tax headings are struggling to recover to their 2007 highs, revenue from Income Tax and the Universal Charge is expected this year to equal 140% of its 2007 level, having reached 100% in 2011.

Budget 2017 was a wasted opportunity, whilst few would object to those on contributory pensions, carers allowance, disability allowance or job seekers benefit receiving a rise, the Government decided to discourage work by giving a blanket increase to those on job seekers allowance, which includes the 34,500 who have never worked, never contributed a cent in PRSI.

This wasted opportunity means a single person earning up to €51,500 will benefit less from Budget 2017 than a person who has never worked!

This is grossly unfair on the hard working tax payers of Ireland; it seems yet again the Government has ignored Middle Ireland.

Anyone interested in joining the Hibernia Forum can visit HiberniaForum.ie or email HiberniaForumWicklow@gmail.com

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2016 General Election Tally

The tally will start with the count at 9am, and is made possible due to representatives from all parties and independents working together and is usually extremely accurate.

The boxes are normally opened in numeric order so there will be regional shifts during the tally.

Live updates through Twitter, just click here to view

Current status of Wicklow via Google Docs spreadsheet, click tinyurl.com/wicklow2016 to view

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Marriage Referendum 2015

The tally will start with the count at 9am, and is made possible due to representatives from all parties and civic groups working together and is usually extremely accurate.

The boxes are normally opened in numeric order so there will be regional shifts during the tally.

Live updates through Twitter, just click here to view.

Current status of Wicklow via Google Docs spreadsheet, click tinyurl.com/marref15 to view

Final tally can be downloaded from here.

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Comparison of Irish and UK Income Tax 2014/15

There is still much misinformation about the amount of income tax paid in Ireland vs the UK

Click here to see latest comparison, this is based on Budget 2015 and includes USC

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Yearly Cost of Permanent Idle is €311m

Yesterday’s Sunday Business Post published figures obtained by Colm Keaveney TD that showed 34,500 people claiming the dole have never worked, never contibuted a cent in PRSI. Continue reading Yearly Cost of Permanent Idle is €311m…

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Wicklow 2014 Results

Details of the Wicklow counts are available at tinyurl.com/2014Result

Summary of first count:

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Local & Euro Tally 2014

The tally will start with the count at 9am, and is made possible due to representatives from all parties and civic groups working together and is usually extremely accurate.

The boxes are normally opened in numeric order so there will be regional shifts during the tally.

Live updates through Twitter, just click here to view.

Current status of Wicklow via Google Docs spreadsheet, click tinyurl.com/tally2014 to view

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Referendum 2013 Tally

The tally will start with the count at 9am, and is made possible due to representatives from all parties and civic groups working together and is usually extremely accurate.

The boxes are normally opened in numeric order so there will be regional shifts during the tally.

Live updates through Twitter, just click here to view.

Current status of Wicklow via Google Docs spreadsheet, click tinyurl.com/tally2013 to view

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FG & Labour No Longer Cherish Our Children Equally

The 1916 Proclamation declares that the Republic will cherish all the children of the nation equally, yet as we approach its centenary, this FG/Lab Govt seems determined to no longer do this, as now the children of working Middle Ireland (ie the people who get out of bed every day to work, who pay for everything themselves and who are already struggling) are now to receive less than the children of parents who have never worked, and never contributed anything to society.

It’s time the tax payers of Ireland standup, and tell Enda Kenny enough is enough, Middle Ireland can’t give any more.

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Budget 2013 to Cost Typical Middle Ireland Family Over €2,100 per Annum

Based on a dual income family with three children (one in college), two cars (2.0l and 1.6l) and living in a house worth €425,000 the impact of the FG/Lab Budget on them is as follows:

 

Removal of PRSI Allowance €528.32
Reduction in Child Benefit €456.00
Increase in College Registration Fee €250.00
Motor Tax Increase on Two Cars €86.00
Property Tax €665.00
Increase in DPS Threshold €144.00
Total Cost €2,129.32
Total Cost Per Month €177.44

 

Property Tax cost is the increase over the household charge, DPS is yearly cost of increasing threshold by €12 per month

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