Budget 2020: Children and over-70s among winners

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Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
8th October, 2019
Environment minister Richard Bruton denied that the carbon tax increase would penalise commuters. Photo: Sam Boal/Rolling News

Brexit and carbon taxes dominated this year’s budget as predicted - but there was some good news for older people and parents of young children.

With this in mind, the finance minister announced a €1.2 billion support package, of which €110 million would be deployed immediately to support businesses in the event of a crash-out Brexit, along with €110 million for agriculture and a further €40 million for tourism.

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