Remember all those 'Giveaway' Budgets...seems a long time ago now! Just under an hour until Mr Noonan starts to deliver the bad news
"Oh, there's loads of good things in it." : Quote from Michael Noonan this morning when asked what faces us in Budget 2013.
In previous years, people used to use the word 'dread' when referring to the Budget, now the word is 'fear'. It tells you a lot about where people are financially right now
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said '85% of the adjustment we have to do will be behind us' once the measures in Budget 2013 are implemented. Do people agree or disagree?
Reports of a large Garda presence outside the Dáil in advan
ce of the Budget.
Better stock up on booze people. Rumoured that drink and cigarettes likely to go up this year with wine expected to take a big hit
Fianna Fáil's Willie O'Dea has said today's Budget is the minimum FG and Lab could agree rather than a sign of a definite plan of action for the country
Less than 10 mins to go folks. Get your cuppa ready...or something stronger if you think you'll need it
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Communications minister says the Budget 'passes the test of fairness' and confirms that social welfare rates won't be touched