This fiscal rectitude was largely targeted the public sector through the introduction of a pay freeze and a recruitment embargo. RTÉ was there to capture events as they unfolded with reaction from the unions and an analysis of the impact for the 250,000 people on the dole.
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.