The Sunday Tribune asked some people to give their ideas on what the December Budget should contain.
Michael O’Leary of Ryanair was always going to make controversial suggestions – but are they really that crazy or are there some sensible ideas in there?
Some of his Budget 2010 suggestions are:
Close all the government quangos which currently exist, making all of the useless bureaucrats who populate them redundant and saving €8bn per annum.
Make all public-sector employees (including the Dáil and Seanad) to work a minimum 40 hour week, with a maximum of 20 days annual leave. Since this would improve productivity in the public sector by at least 20%, every fifth public servant would be made redundant and this would save €5bn.
Implement the McCarthy report in full and save €5bn a year.
Reduce all social-welfare benefits, including children’s allowance, by 20% saving €4bn a year.
See his full list of suggestions along with those from some others here