Extra teachers and Gardaí announced in Budget 2018

Extra teachers, extra Gardai and extra welfare payments have all been announced by the government as part of Budget 2018.

The Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has been announcing the budget from the Dail.

From there Chris Donoghue has more

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says it wants to see more details on plans to recruit 18 hundred more staff for the health sector.

General Secretary is Phil Ni Sheigh

Fianna Fail’s Finance Spokesman says the defining feature of the government is its abysmal failure in housing and health.

Michael McGrath says that while the party is committed to the political agreement – he wants the government to get on with its building programme;

Justin Moran from Age Action says the rise in the Old Age Pension was a major priority for older people;

Michael Kerrigan is President of the Union of Students in Ireland.

He says Budget 2018 won’t help students: