11: 2000 : Giveaway Budget
McCreevy announces the greatest giveaway budget in the history of the state.
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