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Some €1.3 billion in spending measures and tax cuts have been revealed in the Dáil today.
Key measures include a 0.5% cut in the three lowest USC rates, new childcare subsidies and €14.6 billion in health spending for 2017.
All social welfare payments will increase by €5 from March, except the allowance for under-25s, who will get slightly less.
Supporting first-time buyers was among the headline commitments set out in the programme for partnership government earlier this year.
A new help-to-buy scheme announced today comes in the form of a rebate of income tax paid over the previous four years, worth up to 5% of a house's purchase cost.
The package will provide buyers with a maximum refund of €20,000 for newly-built properties valued at up to €400,000.
Childcare is among the government's big ticket issues today, with newly announced subsidies bringing not insignificant savings for families.
Means-tested childcare subsidies , based on income, will be available for children between six months and 15 years from September 2017.
This is in addition to universal weekly payments of up to €20 for all children from six months to three years, which will be set in line with the number of childcare hours taken up by parents.
The trial of seven people accused of murdering a man in Dublin has heard their alleged victim was left for dead after being subjected to a "vicious attack".
Dale Creighton (20) died in hospital from serious injuries to the head and face on January 2nd, 2014 – a day after the alleged assault.
This afternoon, the jury was shown CCTV footage from the Tallaght footbridge where gardaí believed he was chased to.
Donald Trump has hit out at senior Republicans who are distancing themselves from him in the wake of his lewd and vulgar comments about women.
The remarks were made in a leaked tape dating back to 2005, and leading figures within the GOP have harshly criticised the New York billionaire since its release by The Washington Post.
After Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan informed the party he would no longer be defending him, Mr Trump declared that the "shackles have been taken off".