The 2010 Budget represents a futher step in the process of getting Irish
fiscal policy back onto a sustainable path. This process started with the
2009 Budget published in October 2008, and continued, inter alia, with the
Supplementary Budget in April this year.
Over recent months, the global economy has begun to show some signs of recovery and there is growing
evidence that the worst may be over in terms of the domestic downturn.