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8 things we learned from Brian Hayes's Budget 2014 Q&A on Twitter

… and a few questions the Minister didn’t want to answer…

Brian Hayes answering questions today
Brian Hayes answering questions today
Image: IRLDeptFinance via Twitter

DESPITE HIS PUBLICLY-STATED aversion to Twitter it appears Brian Hayes has been converted to the social media platform as he today fielded questions on the Budget from Twitter users.

Using the hashtag #budgetqs, the Department of Finance’s official Twitter account and an iPad the Minister of State spent around half an hour answering questions and seemed in good spirits.

Here are a few things we learned…

1. Raising third level registration fees are ‘the least worst option’:

image2. Reducing tax grows the economy:

image3. Budget measures here have been the fairest of all bailout countries:

image4. Construction on the National Children’s Hospital will start in 2015:

image5. The government is keeping a close eye on minimum pricing in Scotland:

image6. Selling the State’s share in Aer Lingus is being looked at ‘closely’:

image7. More money will be collected from excise on cigarettes in 2014:

image8. Hayes has changed his mind on Twitter, thanks to TheJournal.ie ;):

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And three questions the Minister didn’t answer:

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