Budget 2020: The main points


A Brexit package of €1.2 million has been announced, with €220 million to be deployed immediately in the case of a no-deal.

Carbon tax has increased from €20 to €26 with €8 million being allocated to maintaining grants for those buying electric cars.

Health spending has been increased by €1 billion to €17.4 billion, while free GP care will be in place for children under 8 and free dental care for those under 6 from September.

Tax credit has increased for home carers by €100 and €150 for those self-employed. Inheritance tax threshold has also been increased to €335,000 and there has been an extension of the reduced rate of USC for medical card holders until December 2020.

Over €11 billion is to be provided to the education sector in 2020 and 150 new mainstream teaching posts will be created.

There has also been an increase of €690 million for the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

A further €51 million for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and €17 million for the Department of Rural and Community Development.

An extra €80 million for housing assistance payment and extra €20 million allocated to homeless services.

-Daniel Potter