#Budget2020: Irish Twitter responds to the budget with anger and memes

#Budget2020: Irish Twitter responds to the budget with anger and memes

Long before Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe had taken to the Dáil to begin his budget speech, #Budget2020 was the top Twitter trend in Ireland.

As something that affects almost every aspect of our day-to-day lives, it's not surprising that people have strong opinions on what the budget for the upcoming year offers - or doesn't offer.

If you missed this afternoon's budget speech, you can read up on all the main points here.

Brexit led most of the conversation ahead Budget 2020 but it was housing and climate change that has dominated the public reaction this afternoon.

As the housing crisis worsens with every passing month, people were quick to critise the Government's response saying that the budget did not go far enough in addressing the crisis.

Climate change is of course a hot topic issue as governments across the globe scramble to try to cut down emissions.

As such, Minister Donohoe announced today that the carbon tax will rise by €6 with polluted-linked charges for new petrol and diesel cars.

However, many believe that this measure will hit low-income households unfairly and that more should be done to invest in public transport and infastructure.

It isn't all doom and gloom though as Twitter always comes through with some laughs

Fianna Fáil's Barry Cowen provided some lols in his post-Budget address with his zingers taking aim at Shane Ross getting the seal of approval from Twitter.

Not everyone was a fan though...

Believe it or not, but Budget day is a source of excitement for some.

Book clubs will be breathing a sigh of relief at least

Irish Twitter noted a sense of familiarity

As always, Ireland Simpsons Fans were on top form.

Just in case you missed it yesterday, The ISF Party - Ireland's first political party born of a meme page - tweeted a thread proposing their alternative budget which you can find below.

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