As political parties held their think-ins in advance of the new Dáil session, all eyes have now turned towards December's budget.
Having swallowed an estimated €24.5 billion-worth of budgetary austerity already, Irish voters must prepare to gulp down another €3.5 billion dose in 2013.
It is envisaged that that will comprise €1.25 billion in tax increases and €2.25 billion in further spending cuts.
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