Reactions from around the country to the 1980 budget, including the 300% increase in duty on soft drinks and 5% on golf balls.

The people of Cork woke up this morning to the headlines of yesterday's budget. This included stiff increases in the cost of excise duty on cars. The price of alcohol and soft drinks, which were already at surprising levels for tourists, according to hoteliers, has also gone up.

A RTÉ News report from Cork showing the reaction to the measures introduced in budget 1980.

Two weeks prior to the budget announcement, the Taoiseach, Charles J. Haughey, warned the Irish people that,

...as a community, we are living away beyond our means.

The nation braced itself for Minister of Finance Michael O'Kennedy's budget which was announced on 28 February 1980.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 28 February 1980.