Budget 2021: How The Irish Times will be covering it

News, comment, analysis, live blog, videos, livestream, podcasts and social media, plus your budget questions answered in our Q&A

It is almost upon us, Budget 2021. When Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, followed by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath, gets to his feet at 1pm on Tuesday we will be there, bringing you all the latest news, comment, analysis and videos on the events of the day.

Our live blog will be running from early morning until the budget day is done. We’ll also keep you up to date across all our social media platforms.

If you have some catching up to do , visit our Budget 2021 dedicated site where we will have all the news, comment and analysis to bring you up to speed.

Here is how our Budget 2021 coverage will happen:

Tuesday morning:

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 Ministers’ speeches, keep you in touch 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.


Paschal Donohoe takes to his feet in the Dáil for his speech, to be followed by Michael McGrath. 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 speeches on our site as well.

After the speech:

Our budget calculator, 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. We will be emailing a special Business Today Budget 2021 digest, if you wish to receive it, sign up here.


Our Facebook Live and video broadcasts with Cliff Taylor, Pat Leahy and Conor Pope will be streamed after the speech is over.


Business editor Ciarán Hancock will host a special edition of the Inside Business podcast, which will be available for download in the late afternoon.. He will be joined by Cliff Taylor, and Jennifer Bray of The Irish Times and by Liam Diamond from PwC, Eoghan O’Mara Walsh of ITIC and Patricia Callan of Ibec to discuss what Budget 2021 means for consumers, the economy and businesses.

Hugh Linehan with David McWilliams and our politics team will discuss how Mr Donohoe performed, in a special Inside Politics podcast that will be available on Wednesday at 11am.

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 Maireád Harbron from PwC will answer your questions online from 7am on Wednesday morning.


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 2021 supplement:

Published on Wednesday morning, The Irish Times 8-page Budget 2020 supplement will spell out exactly what the budget means for you with reaction from individuals and businesses around the country plus top-class analysis and comment.

Conn Ó Midheach

Conn Ó Midheach

Conn O Midheach is Assistant Business Editor - Digital of The Irish Times