With tax benefits the order of the day, Minister for Finance, Charlie McCreevy, announced what some describe as the greatest giveaway budget in the history of the state. Controversially, measures were introduced that benefited working couples over single-income households.
RTÉ Television and Radio captured the reactions of politicians and ordinary people to the budgetary measures.
The accompanying image shows Fianna Fáil TD and former Minister for Finance Charlie McCreevy, in Leinster House, Dublin in May 1983. © RTÉ Stills Library 2080/090
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.