AS soon as Michael Noonan began revealing this year’s Budget, Twitter began to buzz as people gave their reaction.
The measure which grabbed much focus was the €1 increase in duty on a bottle of wine.
Property tax has also captured many people’s attention - however, with these changes already well leaked in advance, the surprise €1 on their bottle of plonk was what seemed for many to be Budget 2013’s nastiest surprise.
Here are some of the most amusing tweets sent out during the Budget speech:
This is sounding like a eulogy already. #budget13
No complaining now. It's time to take your medicine. Unless you're a banker. Or a politician. #budget13
So we're changing car regs. because next year is 2013? What's next - penalty points for breaking mirrors and driving under ladders? #budget
Like an idiot I bought a million Euro home, had a baby and took up smoking today. #budget13
On the Grapevine@Dalkeywine:
Anyone want to buy a wine shop?
Lol... I think Minister Rabbit actually believes that there are two parties in government. #budget13
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD@AodhanORiordain:
Not the budget we wanted, but certainly not the budget Fine Gael wanted either. Over €600million in wealth taxes. #budget13
Bloody disgrace, I voted for Fine Gael as the promised no increase in income tax, this is an sneaky increase in disguise. #budget13
I'm down 156 euro a year on wine alone. #Budget13 which is more than the household tax
I've agreed with the wife, if Noonan calls around for tea later we're not putting out the good biscuits. 'F**k him' she said. #budget13
Got to admire the vocabulary Fianna Fáil are using to dance around the fact that this horrible budget is their fault. #budget13
Is €1 on wine a sad indictment of Irish alcohol consumption? They must know we buy loads of it and expect we will continue to do so.
Marc Peter Coleman@MarcPColeman:
The failure to exempt those who paid a lifetime's property tax in stamp duty is a total failure of policy design #budget13
Joanne Betty Conlon@pixelatedbetty:
Remember when you boasted about the high value of your house. Now boast about how worthless it hopefully is #Budget13
Looks like the € on a bottle of wine is a spectacularly successful diversion from the real brutality of #budget13