Road to the budget
November 4: Medium-term fiscal statement -- size of the package of spending cuts and tax hikes for the next four years.
November 10: Capital spending plan -- the infrastructure projects to be proceeded with over the next four years.
November 17: Public service reforms plan -- reform of the public service, including redundancies and state agency reductions.
December 1: Detailed spending estimates for 2012 -- individual departmental budgets for next year, indicating some specific cutbacks.
December 1: Taoiseach's state of the nation -- anticipated date of Taoiseach Enda Kenny's TV address on the state of the economy.
December 6: Budget 2012 -- details of the specific tax hikes and spending cuts for next year.