The Irish government have announce their budget for 2021. The budget was announced by the Minister for Finance, Pascal Donohoe and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Micheal McGrath. Outline the budget the Minister for Finance said that it was for both the possibility of a hard Brexit and the COVID crisis. The Minister for Expenditure followed by calling for a green economy. Sinn Fein\'s Spokeperson said that the budget did not provide certainty for the public. Labour\'s Ged Nash said hat the budget did little to address the problems in the health system. The Social Democrat\'s Roisin Shorthall concurred that certainty has not been provided to people.
The Minister for Health, James Reilly, T.D., has approved the HSE Service plan 2014, which will see the HSE save €619million. The plan hopes to protect safety, quality and the volume of front-line services, with €178million of new service initiatives. The HSE has also said that €113million in savings will not come from medical card holders. The HSE has been given €13.12 billion worth of funding from the exchequer for 2014, this is a reduction of €619million from 2013.
Social Justice Ireland has published it latest set of statistics on the Irish Economic Crash. Titled "Who Really Took the Hits During Ireland's Bailout?" it shows that the poorest 10% of the Irish population lost 18.4% of disposable income compared to 11.4% among the richest 10% since 2008. The gap between low and middle income people and high income earners has widened significantly. According to Social Justice Ireland the budgets have taken more in percentage terms from the poorest than from the richest in society.