• Government announce €11bn Budget package
  • New rental tax credit of €500
  • Energy credit of €600 in three instalments – first before Christmas
  • Cigarettes will cost an extra 50c from tonight, but there will be no increase in price of alcohol
  • Elderly, carers, disabled to receive extra lump sums as social welfare rates go up €12
  • Third-level fees cut by €1,000 this year with once-off double student grant
  • The double child benefit payment will be paid to all qualifying parents on 1 November
  • Major expansion in GP visit card scheme bringing in 430,000 extra patients

More updates to follow