Minister for Finance, Alan Dukes, described his 1984 budget as "broadly neutral". The public react in a report for 'Today Tonight'.

The Fianna Fáil spokesman for finance, Michael O'Kennedy, saw it as "a dreary non-event".

Tax-free allowances and social welfare benefits were increased. VAT on theatre tickets and other live shows was reduced from 23% to 5%. However, the budget provided for 8% VAT on clothes for those aged over ten, and there were tax hikes on the old reliables of alcohol, tobacco and petrol.

Members of the public give their reactions in this report.