Irish budget, 2012

2012 (2012) Irish budget
Submitted by Brendan Howlin and
Michael Noonan
Presented 5–6 December 2011
Parliament 31st Dáil
Party Fine Gael and
Labour Party
Total revenue €35.825 billion
Total expenditures €55.8 billion
Deficit €18.9 billion (8.6% of GDP)
A Free Education for Everyone banner outside Dáil Éireann as the government delivers the 2012 Irish budget on 6 December 2011.

The 2012 Irish budget was the Irish Government budget for the 2012 fiscal year, presented to Dáil Éireann in two parts on 5–6 December 2011. It was the first budget of the 31st Dáil, with the first part delivered by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin, and the second part delivered by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. The budget contained tax increases, and spending cuts of €3.6bn for 2012.[1]

Before the budget

The budget was preceded by a rare televised national address by a taoiseach when Enda Kenny spoke to the country two days beforehand.[2] This was only the sixth time that a taoiseach has addressed the nation, reflecting the gravity of the Irish economic condition, in what Kenny stressed were "exceptional" circumstances. The address drew the second highest television audience of the year on Irish television.[3] The following day, Thomas Pringle TD replied on television in an address on behalf of the opposition technical group of TDs in Dáil Éireann.[4]

In another departure from tradition, the cuts in public spending were announced the day before Budget Day by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin, in the Comprehensive Expenditure Report.[2][5][6]

Main points

After the budget

The Bill proposing the introduction of a "household charge" passed by 90 votes to 47 votes in the Dáil late on 14 December 2011. The following day, nine TDs helped launch a nationwide campaign against the household charge.[7]


  1. 1 2 Irish Budget 2012. Finfacts. December 2012.
  2. 1 2 Kenny wants to be Taoiseach who 'retrieves Irish sovereignty' Irish Times, 2011-12-05.
  3. "Over 1.4m watch Late Late Toy Show". RTÉ Ten. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  4. "TD Thomas Pringle's address to the nation in full". Donegal Daily. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  5. Budget 2012 official website Department of Finance. Retrieved: 5 December 2011.
  6. "More cuts as Irish Republic's budget is unveiled". BBC News. 5 December 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.
  7. "TDs would go to jail over household charge". RTÉ News. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
Preceded by
Budget of the Government of Ireland
Delivered on 5–6 December 2011
Succeeded by
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