RTÉ Television captured the events of the day and the reaction to the measures.
Described as a "broadly neutral" and "dreary non-event" by opposition leaders, the 1984 budget introduced VAT hikes on the old reliables like cigarettes and alcohol.
The accompanying image was taken as a publicity shot for RTÉ Budget coverage, 1984. The photograph was taken by John Cooney.
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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.