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
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.
"Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value."— Gavin Elliott (@sgelliott) October 8, 2019
The extensively leaked #Budget2020 seems to have very little to address the housing and homelessness crisis. #savinghomes
#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.— Xander Cosgrave but colder (@TheRascalCook) October 8, 2019
I dunno maybe a tax break on landlords would fix things.
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.
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— Join CATU or it's lumps of coal☃️ (@OisinOD) 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?— Darajane O Sullivan (@DarajaneHOS) October 8, 2019
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
#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
It isn't all doom and gloom though as Twitter always comes through with some laughs
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.— Join CATU or it's lumps of coal☃️ (@OisinOD) October 8, 2019
You know you’re a politico (or just sad) when you’re excited about #Budget2020.— Luke Corkery (@lukeacorkery) October 7, 2019
+++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.— Philip Nolan (@philipnolan1) October 7, 2019
(Yes, I know - I do this joke every year 😉)