Budget Day for 2016 has come and people are, yet again, not happy with the results.
Cigarettes have gone up by 50c meaning that a pack of 20 will now cost closer to €11 than to €10, but alcohol tax has not changed since last year.
There is some good news as the childcare package and other social welfare has increased this year, including the Christmas bonus.
But it’s not all good news as The Irish Cancer Society has said Budget 2017 will bring little relief to many of the thousands of cancer patients struggling to pay for the costs associated with their disease.
Many are also annoyed that there was no introduction of sugar tax on confectionary food and drink despite the growing health problems in Ireland.
Of course, people are focusing on the negative results of the budget.
— Martyn Rosney (@rosney) October 11, 2016
— Sean Defoe (@SeanDefoe) October 11, 2016
— Ciamhie Mc Digital (@CiamhieMc) October 11, 2016
50cent on cigarettes in Ireland.
— Today FM (@todayfm) October 11, 2016
Budget day, what a time to be alive #Budget2017
— rob&dave kearney (@boringkearney) October 11, 2016
Irish government sticking its two fingers up to the working class again… bunch of wankers! #Budget2017
— Ste (@stekelly89) October 11, 2016
— A. Wheelwright (@awheelwright) October 11, 2016
The Rich get richer the poor get poorer sums it up #Budget2017
— Darren (@leedsfc9) October 11, 2016
— Just Frank (@bluredfrank) October 11, 2016
My major gripe in all of this is sugar tax. I don’t disagree but I think it’s lazy. Way more is needed to tackle public health #Budget2017
— Katie (@KilleR_C0uch) October 11, 2016
So the first time buyers grant only applies to new homes,of which there are none available. Political masterclass lads ?? #Budget2017
— Roy Hurley (@RoyHurley10) October 11, 2016