Budget 2018: All You Need To Know


A sugar tax from April 2018 will see an extra 30 cent (26p) per litre of tax on drinks with over 8g of sugar per 100ml.

Mr Donohoe confirmed €20m extra to support a range of childcare measures.

€ 1.83 billion has been announced for housing in 2018.

By increasing the relatively low threshold at which people hit the higher rate of income tax and trimming the amount they actually pay, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said an average family would be a "modest" 500 to 600 euros better off a year.

The Home Building Finance Ireland scheme will begin with €750m.

-VAT increase on sunbeds from 3.5percent to 23 percent.

Microsoft will no longer focus on Windows Mobile
The OS is in maintenance mode, with no focus on new features or hardware, and Microsoft itself recommending competing platforms. Microsoft's latest effort to keep Windows relevant in mobile is to bring the Windows 10 PC browser, Edge , to Android and iOS.

An additional 1,800 staff in frontline services across acute, mental health, disability, primary and community care sectors.

Entry point to USC remains at €13,000 2.5% rate lowered to 2%.

In the event, he boosted the budget package to 1.2 billion euros from the mere 350 million available chiefly through a 4 percentage point increase in stamp duty on commercial property, ensuring income tax cuts will not go into one pocket and come out the other.

Value-Added Tax rate for tourism and services sector is being left unchanged at 9%.

He has also declared war on vacant site owners, with the levy on this doubling from 3% to 7% by 2020.

Also, a sugar tax is to be introduced on drinks at a rate of 30c per litre on drinks with more than eight grams of sugar per 100 millilitres and a reduced rate of 20c per litre on drinks with between five and eight grams of sugar per 100 millilitres.

GE appoints Ed Garden, partner at activist shareholder firm Trian, to board
The Firm operates through five divisions: Textron Aviation, Bell, Textron Systems, Industrial and Finance. Peyto Exploration & Development had 46 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel.

There's going to be more investment in An Garda Siochana - 800 new officers will be taken on in 2018, with 500 civilians also recruited.

A Christmas Bonus payment of 85% will again be paid to all social welfare recipients in 2017.

You can check the changes to your income bracket and family situation here.

The Earned Income Credit for the self-employed will be increased by €200 to bring it to €1,150 a year from 2018.

Funding for homeless services will increase by €18m next year.

United States of America secure passage to round of 16 with narrow win over Ghana
It was Ghana who drew the first blood in the 39th minute with Ibrahim connecting a fine cross from the left by captain Eric Ayiah. There were a few scrambles at the Ghana goal-mouth towards the end of the match but Colombia could not find the eqauliser.