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Budget Choices

Producing a fair budget and working for a fairer future requires that Ireland stop benchmarking itself with Romania, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

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 
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. 
 
Budget 2010 as Ireland's total tax-take plummets towards a record low.  As Ireland faces a range of interrelated crises and Government prepares its Budget for 2010 it is important to realise that:
 
·        Ireland is not a poor country;
·        Ireland’s total tax-take is one of the lowest in the developed world and continues to fall as a percentage of GDP;
·        15.8% of people are at risk of poverty with incomes below €12,000 for a single person or €28,000 for a family of four;

Government published the Finance Bill on November 20th, 2008.  They also published an explanatory memo and list of the items contained in the bill.

Documents can be accessed below

The following statement was issued on November 12th, 2009 by the Minister for Finance, Mr. Brian Lenihan, TD as the Government’s Pre-Budget Outlook was launched.

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