Budget package of €1.5bn introduced today

Budget 2016: The key points

13 Oct Follow the key points from today's Budget delivered by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin in the Dáil.

Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan limber up for their speeches

Budget 2016: As it happened

13 Oct Look back at how the Budget news unfolded, and reaction from various political parties and interest groups.

It's planned to extend free GP care to all children aged 11 and under, subject to successful negotiations with representatives of doctors

Free GP care to be extended, subject to agreement

13 Oct The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has said it is planned to extend free GP care to all children aged 11 and under, subject to successful negotiations with representatives of doctors.

The scheme aims to incentivise earlier intergenerational transfers of farms

Scheme to encourage farm transfers

13 Oct A new initiative to encourage farmers to begin the process of transferring their farms to a younger generation has been included in the Budget.

The €10 million will be diverted to the scheme from the sale of Bord Gáis

Affordable housing scheme to be piloted

13 Oct The Minister for Public Expenditure has announced that €10 million would be made available from the proceeds of the sale of Bord Gáis for an affordable housing pilot scheme.

All pensions are to be increased by €3 per week in 2016 - this is the first increase since 2009

Respite Care Grant back to full value of €1,700

13 Oct Minister Brendan Howlin today announced the restoration of the Respite Care Grant to its full value of €1,700 as part of an allocation of €19.6bn to the Department of Social Protection in 2016.