For four decades now RTÉ television and radio coverage has been part of budget day. Radio, television and online media offer the public a way to learn of budgetary measures and how they impact on everyday lives.
RTÉ journalists, reporters and analysts guide the public through the speech by the Minister for Finance and the implications of the budget. The views of the opposition political parties are aired and debated with government members.
From early afternoon the budget speech is now carried live and RTÉ platforms bring analysis and comment. Albert Reynolds was Minister for Finance when the first televised budget speech was made in 1991. It has been customary for many years for the Minister to appear on RTÉ Radio the day after the budget to take listeners questions.
Financial ministers and governments have come and gone but for most of us budget day brings a trepidation, and anxiety as we wait to find how the announcements will affect our pockets and our lives. We have taken a look back at 14 budgets here and look at promises made, kept and broken. There are budgets from good times for Ireland and budgets made in tougher economic circumstances.
In a change to the convention, An Taoiseach Jack Lynch, delivered Budget 1970 in the absence of the Minister for Finance, Charles J. Haughey.
Election agent for Charles J. Haughey, Patrick O'Connor, reads a statement outlining Haughey's accident on budget day.
The budget introduced by Minister for Finance Richie Ryan in 1976 was described as the toughest since the Second World War.
Martin O'Donoghue, Associate Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin, gives his analysis of Budget 1976 and recalls some tough budgets from the past.
RTÉ's 'Halls Pictorial Weekly' has an entertainingly satirical take on the Richie Ryan budget. Watch this broadcast on behalf of the 'Minister for Hardship'.
Charles J. Haughey prepares the public for what is to come in the 1980 budget.
Reactions from around the country to the 1980 budget, including the 300% increase in duty on soft drinks and 5% on golf balls.
Questions and opposition are raised by listeners in relation to petrol price hikes.
Objections to proposals to put VAT on children's shoes means that budget 1982 fails to get passed in the Dáil.
Different viewpoints on the announcement of an 18% VAT rate on shoes and clothes.
Deputies Jim Kemmy and Joe Sherlock give their reactions to the budget on 'Today Tonight'.
The defeat of the Government over John Bruton's budget means that a general election is now imminent.
Minister for Finance, Alan Dukes, described his 1984 budget as "broadly neutral". The public react in a report for 'Today Tonight'.
Television cameras record the tenth year of a Minister for Finance appearing on radio to answer listeners' questions.
Michael Fisher gets reaction to budget increases on the old reliables of petrol, tobacco and alcohol.
Minister for Finance, Ray MacSharry, delivered a tough budget where fiscal rectitude was the phrase of the day.
Panelists on the 'Today Tonight' Budget Special give their views on Budget '87.
With over 250,000 people on the dole, RTÉ's 'Evening Extra' looks at the plight of social welfare recipients.
Albert Reynolds delivered the first televised budget speech to the Dáil in 1991.
Bertie Ahern is accompanied by his daughters Cecelia and Georgina at the press photo call prior to presenting his first budget.
Opposition leaders John Bruton and Dick Spring question the Taoiseach regarding any decision he may make about his resignation.
Una Claffey reports on leaked budget information that led to junior minister Phil Hogan surprising the Dáil by announcing his resignation from government.
Phil Hogan talks to reporter Peter Cluskey following his resignation from government.
Joe Little visits Minister for Finance Ruairí Quinn's constituency to gauge reaction to the budget. One drinker in a Ringsend pub is inspired to poetry.
RTÉ's economics editor George Lee reports on the details of Charlie McCreevy's budget.
Audrey McMahon and Dorothy Walker, residents of Fatima Mansions in Dublin, watch the budget and explain what it will mean for them.
The studio panel on RTÉ's 'Prime Time' special debate the implications of the changes in the taxation system introduced by the budget.
Minister for Finance, Charlie McCreevy and Michael Noonan of Fine Gael argue their corners on Budget 2000. They discuss the notion of individualisation of taxation.
Charlie McCreevy gives his reasons for changing the tax system to favour married couples with both spouses working.
Sandra, a caller to RTÉ's 'Liveline', outlines her opposition to Charlie McCreevy's changes to the tax system.
David Davin Power reports on Charlie McCreevy's address to the Dáil and the replies from Fine Gael and Labour. McCreevy signals that there will be radical administrative decentralisation.
Ingrid Miley gets reaction to the budget from the social partners, including TD Mary Harney, Turlough O'Sullivan of IBEC and David Beggs of the ICTU.
Charlie McCreevy's decentralisation announcement keeps the budget in the headlines. Five days after the budget, the Minister assures his critics that the notion is not rocket science and that the Government will ensure that it works.
With money in the bank and windfall gains to the public finances, the government set out to reward workers and encourage further spending in the economy.
Cowen’s budget sets out to reward workers with an increase in tax credits, and a widening of the tax bands.
Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan, described the budget as, "a substantial down payment on the journey back to economic health". He added that there is every reason to have confidence in the future of the country.
Day two of Budget 2012 sees Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, attempting to regain control of the country's finances and get people back to work.
The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, announced details of almost €1.4bn in spending cuts for next year and described the decisions made by government as "difficult" and "unpalatable".
Ahead of the announcement of further austerity measures in Budget 2012, The Taoiseach, Enda Kenny addresses the nation in a television broadcast on the “challenges we face as a community, an economy and as a country”.
The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has said that the government is deeply concerned that documents that formed part of the negotiating process with the EU/IMF/ECB troika could surface in a German parliamentary committee.
While the Minister for Finance delivered his budget in Dáil Eireann, noisy protests were taking place outside with a number of groups there to voice their anger at the budget measures.