Most of the measures introduced in the 2004 budget were overshadowed by the announcement of the single biggest decentralisation programme in the history of the state. Charlie McCreevy made a promise to make the decentralisation programme work and RTÉ.
David Davin Power reports on Charlie McCreevy's address to the Dáil and the replies from Fine Gael and Labour. McCreevy signals that there will be radical administrative decentralisation.
Ingrid Miley gets reaction to the budget from the social partners, including TD Mary Harney, Turlough O'Sullivan of IBEC and David Beggs of the ICTU.
Charlie McCreevy's decentralisation announcement keeps the budget in the headlines. Five days after the budget, the Minister assures his critics that the notion is not rocket science and that the Government will ensure that it works.