We all want to know how the budget will affect our wallets. Here
are a few of the main points of budget 2014.


  • Free GP care for children aged five and under confirmed, costing €40 million to the exchequer.

  • Maternity benefits standardised at €230 per week, savind €30 million in 2014.

  • No change in children allowance benefit of €130 per week.

  • Beer and spirits hit by 10 cent rise, wine up 50 cent.

  • Job seeker allowance standardised at  €100 for under 25’s from 1st Jan 2014.

  • No increase in Vat, Income tax or USC charge.

  • 13.5% tax rebate on any home improvements over €5000. You must use a registered contractor.