Gone are the days when Budget Day held the Irish nation in its grip. The glorious giveaways of the Celtic Tiger era were followed by the engrossing (albeit gut-wrenching) budgets when our economy fell off a cliff in immediate years post-2008.
Nowadays it’s all fairly humdrum pre-announced/leaked stuff (just like last year’s) all set against the boring new politics backdrop of ‘confidence and supply’ and the perennially suffocating fiscal space.
The Twitterverse did it’s best however…
Budget speech kicked off…without anticipated delays 😉
#Budget18: Delays already expected as Taoiseach can't decide on what socks to wear. '€' signs was the early favourite.
— WWN (@WhispersNewsLTD) October 10, 2017
No change to the pint…or the naggin…
Praying they don’t touch the naggin’s or the wine #Budget18
— Dublin Girlo (@dublin_girlo) October 10, 2017
…but some were crying into their fizzy drinks
Today is a very, very bad day for sunbed loving smokers partial to fizzy drinks. They'll be worse of by more than 500 quid a year. #Budget18
— Conor Pope (@conor_pope) October 10, 2017
The Irish for tax is cáin, not to be confused with caoin, the verb to weep. #Budget18
— The Irish For 🎃 (@theirishfor) October 10, 2017
There was plenty of confidence and supply from FF!
— Darren O'Keeffe (@Darren606) October 9, 2017
Sunbed VAT rise got glowing praise…
— Kate O'Connell TD (@campaignforkate) October 10, 2017
…but some thought it was beyond the pale!
— Feach News (@_FeachNews) October 10, 2017
And finally… don’t leave your home unattended tonight!
Announcement today in relation to tax deductibility for expenditure incurred in bringing a vacant home back in to use is welcome. #Budget18
— VacantHomes.ie (@VacanthomesIRL) October 10, 2017