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Budget 2020: The good, the bad, and the ugly


Good Budget

First-time buyers

Those looking to get on the property ladder will be relieved the Help-to-Buy scheme to help first-time buyers is being kept in its current form and will be extended for another two years.

Carbon Tax - the upside

Environmentalists will say the €6-per-tonne isn't going far enough but it is a sign the Government is getting serious about tackling climate change. The €90m it raises next year will be ring-fenced for climate action. It could be more, but it's about time.

More gardaí and teachers

An increase in the Garda budget will fund 700 recruits. There'll be 150 new mainstream teaching posts and another 400 to support students with special educational needs.