Budget 2024

Budget 2024 explainer: Breaking down the billions – what the state’s spending plans mean

It’s easy to become confused by budget day terminology like core and non-core expenditure – so we’re here to help out

Michael McGrath: Finance Minister today unveiled an overall spending plan of €14bn. Picture: Norma Burke

If you’re not a politician, or someone who follows them closely (read: most of the public), it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the blizzard of budget-day terminology trotted out by TDs and ministers.

It’s not just the phrasing – the budget can also seem bewilderingly packed with figures, euro signs and numerical jargon.

Part of that is necessary: the budget is a complex, multifaceted document that covers off dozens, if not hundreds, of areas and ...