The response to Budget 2018 was underwhelming. Social Justice Ireland wrote in their critique that it “sees modest improvements for some but fails to get to grips with the scale of the crises needing to be addressed.” They pointed to the fact that there are over 8,000 without a home and that nearly one in five children is at risk of poverty. They further highlighted that Ireland accepted extraordinary levels of austerity as Governments sought to deal with the consequences of the economic crash and that now all the resources of our expanding economy should go towards tackling the infrastructure and service crises faced by the country. Miriam Gormally met with Eamon Murphy from Social Justice Ireland to find our more about the budget. She put it to him that it was a rather unremarkable Budget.