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.
Plug your details into our handy budget calculator below to figure out whether #budget2020 benefited you:
Q: Are you a Brexit?
YES: #budget2020 benefited you
NO: #budget2020 did not benefit you— Alien Ghoulfield (@alan_caulfield) October 8, 2019
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.
"Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value."October 8, 2019
#Budget2020 fails once more to do anything significant to fundamentally address the housing crisis. There is very little funding to build affordable rental homes or affordable purchase. Of the 2.5bn 'unprecedented' housing budget a staggering €1.1bn will go to landlords &market— Rory Hearne (@RoryHearne) October 8, 2019
Housing?? Anyone?? Does someone want to tell Paschal we’re in the middle of a HOUSING EMERGENCY. We should be on a war footing to fight this battle. It should be top of the list. #budget2020 https://t.co/5qTgubebfd— Anne-Marie McNally (@amomcnally) October 8, 2019
It's #Budget2020 so I guess it's time to watch Fine Gael completely cop out on their commitment to dealing with climate change or the housing crisis or funding higher education.
I dunno maybe a tax break on landlords would fix things.— Xander Cos 'I'm being driven to the' grave (@TheRascalCook) October 8, 2019
Thousands of people not eligible for social housing and can’t afford rents in this market. A missed opportunity not to have affordable rents scheme introduced in #Budget2020 . Thousands more in homes where they can’t afford their mortgage facing into homelessness/housing crisis— David Hall (@davidhall75) October 8, 2019
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.
"€3m for electric car infrastructure and €8m goes to the Department of Communications for retention of grants to buy electric cars" what about investing in PUBLIC transport infrastructure?? like trains! so much for environmental concern #Budget2020— rachel holly-ween (@racheleustace) October 8, 2019
All a carbon tax does is make poor people poorer. Need actual serious climate action says @PearseDoherty Spot on. Carbon tax is half cash grab on ordinary workers, half distraction from government inaction on climate chaos #Budget2020— Oisín Visca Catalunya 🎗 (@OisinOD) October 8, 2019
So @Paschald is investing in transport in rural Ireland by providing electric car charging points at taxi ranks.
My town of over 17k has no taxi ranks and none of the hackneys use electric cars.
I’d prefer a public bus service tbh. #budget2020— Anita Byrne (@anitambyrne) October 8, 2019
Its absolute shit to think that irish people living in rural areas will switch over to electric cars when the nearest charger point to me is 30km away. #Budget2020— 🇮🇪 Patrick 🇮🇪 (@wall_pit) October 8, 2019
Can we call the increase in carbon tax what it actually is?
The government exploiting the climate emergency to introduce further tax instead of actually investing in realistic solutions like improvements in public transport, that will actually make a difference. #Budget2020— Darajane O Sullivan (@DarajaneHOS) October 8, 2019
#carbontax would be great if it actually lead to more renewable energy choices for the consumer and public transport you could rely on. Otherwise you're just penalising people who are already penalised. #Budget2020— Jennifer Canesten (@Jenni4Canesten) October 8, 2019
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...
Barry Cowen pretending he cares about mental health then moves on to guffawing a stupid dad jokes in same speech. He later vote for every bit of this budget as will his party fianna fáil. #Budget2020 All in the game, fianna fáil are still fianna fáil.— Oisín Visca Catalunya 🎗 (@OisinOD) October 8, 2019
Believe it or not, but Budget day is a source of excitement for some.
You know you’re a politico (or just sad) when you’re excited about #Budget2020.— Luke Corkery (@LucasOCorcora) October 7, 2019
Book clubs will be breathing a sigh of relief at least
+++BREAKING+++ Book clubs across Ireland nervously await tomorrow's announcement of #Budget2020. If Paschal Donohoe slaps a euro on a bottle of wine, many fear they actually will have to read the books.
(Yes, I know - I do this joke every year 😉)— Philip Nolan (@philipnolan1) October 7, 2019
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.
UPGRADED TO ALIVE: Under an ISF Party Government, Ireland's healthcare system would see everyone upgraded from dead to alive. pic.twitter.com/wZAdCGlIkV— The ISF Party (@TheISFParty) October 7, 2019
PLEASING TASTE, SOME MONTERISM: For too long, Irish people have had to pay for medication. We would introduce a prescription drug grant for all. pic.twitter.com/oCltchYXHs— The ISF Party (@TheISFParty) October 7, 2019
FEEL FREE TO MAKE FUN OF MY NAME IF YOU WANT: Teachers are the backbone of any society. (As are nurses and doctors, more in a second.)
We would relax restrictions on hiring new teachers, and increase pay for existing ones. pic.twitter.com/TsSGg7kKGc— The ISF Party (@TheISFParty) October 7, 2019
AS YOU CAN SEE, THIS OLD PLACE IS FALLING APART;
The rich have worked hard to get to where they are, but it's time they start paying back into society and not putting their money in foreign bank accounts.
We'd heavily tax anyone worth over a million Euro to fund our new Ireland. pic.twitter.com/H3eP8jw5Gi— The ISF Party (@TheISFParty) October 7, 2019
I DON'T READ THE NEWS UNTIL I GET MY DANISH:
Part of our budget would secure the future of Irish Public Broadcasting
The slide towards privatisation in the Irish media, and indeed world media, has been detrimental.
We would increase the funding for broadcasting in a budget. pic.twitter.com/r8Un9ATE4b— The ISF Party (@TheISFParty) October 7, 2019
MADAM, YOUR CHILDREN ARE NO MORE...
Than a generation that need our support with mental health issues.
We would vastly increase mental health service funding, and this isn't just us being a Bressie. We would be as driven as Sideshow Bob in fixing the mental health of our youth. pic.twitter.com/F45rAVwjXf— The ISF Party (@TheISFParty) October 7, 2019
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