"We Are Living Away Beyond Our Means"

EXHIBITION : MEMORABLE BUDGETS

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Charles J. Haughey prepares the public for what is to come in the 1980 budget.

  • Title
    A Ministerial Broadcast by An Taoiseach
  • 1st Broadcast
    09/01/1980
  • Contributor
    Charles J. Haughey
  • Clip Duration
    00:01:26
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Clip title
    "We Are Living Away Beyond Our Means"
  • Extended description

    When a broadcast by the Taoiseach, Charles J. Haughey, warned that, "...as a community, we are living away beyond our means", the nation braced itself for Michael O'Kennedy's budget.

    Haughey opens with the line: "I wish to talk to you this evening about the state of the nation's affairs, and the picture I have to paint is not unfortunately a very cheerful one".

    The budget would see increased PAYE allowances and widened tax bands, along with increased indirect taxation. Taxes on the old reliables like cigarettes, alcohol and petrol, all went up. The Irish Farmers Association felt that the budget was extremely harsh on the farming community.

  • Information

    'A Ministerial Broadcast by An Taoiseach' was broadcast the month prior to the budget announcement and was intended to prepare the Irish public for what was to come.

  • Local keywords
    Memorable Budgets, 1980, Budget, Charles Haughey, Michael O'Kennedy, Politics, Economics
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    Politics and Economics
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ
  • Production year
    1980
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    B40/106
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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