Budget 2019: How ‘The Irish Times’ will be covering it

News, comment, analysis, live blog, video and social media, plus your budget questions answered

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will give his Budget 2019 speech on tuesday at 1pm.

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe will give his Budget 2019 speech on tuesday at 1pm.


Budget 2019 is almost upon us. It may have had more leaks than a colander but, when Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe clears his throat at 1pm on Tuesday, we will be there to bring you all the news, comment, analysis and videos on the events of the day. We’ll also keep you up to date across all our social media platforms.

If you need to catch up, visit our Budget 2019 sitewhere everything you need to work out how it will affect your pocket is available. We look forward to keeping you abreast of everything as it happens.

Here is how our Budget 2019 coverage will happen:

10am: Join The Irish Times budget team and our in-house experts for the budget live blog, which will bring you the build-up to the minister’s speech, keep you up to speed on the news as it breaks, the details of new measures, initial reaction, and the best of social media comment. During the live blog, our politics team will also provide instant analysis of the measures as they are announced.

1pm: Paschal Donohoe takes to his feet in the Dáil for his speech. As well as the live blog, we will bring you a rolling summary of the main points and highlights as they emerge. We will be live streaming the speech on our site.

After the speech:

Our budget calculator, compiled in association with PwC, will let you work out what it means for your pocket. Plus, we will have quick analysis from our political, business and news teams, including columnists Cliff Taylor, Miriam Lord and Chris Johns, and all the details of what the changes will mean for you.

Video: Our Facebook Live and video broadcasts with Cliff Taylor, Pat Leahy and Conor Pope will be on air shortly after the speech is over.

Podcasts: Business editor Ciarán Hancock will host a special edition of the Inside Business podcast, which will be available for download after 6pm. He will be joined in studio by Cliff Taylor and Fiona Reddan of The Irish Times and by Liam Diamond from PwC to discuss what Budget 2019 means for consumers, the economy and businesses. Hugh Linehan and the politics team will discuss how Mr Donohoe performed, in a special Inside Politics podcast on Tuesday evening.

Ask the Experts Q&A: Our online Q&A will be open from 1pm for your questions. Dominic Coyle and Fiona Reddan from The Irish Times and Sarah Meredith and Shane Roe from Grant Thornton will answer the questions online from 7am on Wednesday morning.

Alerts: Throughout the day, we will have up-to-the-minute budget news alerts. Sign up for push notifications by downloading our free app from the Play Store or from iTunes. If you wish to receive email alerts from our Business desk, sign up here.

Special Budget 2019 supplement: Published on Wednesday morning, The Irish Times 16-page Budget 2019 supplement spells out exactly what the budget means for your pocket and that of your family and friends, with reaction from individuals and businesses all around the State.

What will Paschal Donohoe’s changes mean for generations of Irish people? Will pensioners get the €5 increase that Fianna Fáil is agitating for? And what will be done on housing? What measures will be put in place to deal with the unfolding Brexit crisis?

In Marginal Notes, Laura Slattery gives her view on what the Minister really meant in his speech. And we assess just what impact the changes announced to spending for 2018 will have on the wider economy.

Joe Brennan will detail where the money comes from for Budget 2019 and how it will be spent.