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Budget 2017 to hike cigarettes, but not alcohol

Old age pension hike may be less than expected and sugar tax to come into effect in 2018

2nd October, 2016

The government is to raise the price of cigarettes to €11 or more per packet, as increases in the weekly pension and third level funding are set to be lower than expected in Budget 2017.

The measures to be announced on Tuesday week are taking shape this weekend. Fine Gael will hold extensive meetings with independents in government and Fianna Fáil, whose support is needed, in the coming days.

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