Key budget proposals at-a-glance
The Budget 2011 contains a number of reforms which are likely to affect people at all levels of society.
Among the key proposals unveiled by Finance Minister Brian Lenihan are:
:: Social welfare payments are to be cut by 4%.
:: A cut of 10 euro a month in child benefit for the first and second child and an additional cut of 10 euro for a third child.
:: An increase in the excise duty on petrol by 4 cent and diesel by 2 cent by midnight, though alcohol and cigarettes are untouched until next year.
:: A 4% cut in all public sector pensions above 12,000 euro a year.
:: A 10% lower starting rate for new employees in the public sector, including judges.
:: Reform of state cars with former Taoisigh and Presidents given a pooled system with the number of garda drivers cut.
:: Immediate reform of stamp duty.
:: The Gulf Stream Government jet, which is at the end of its life span, will not be replaced.