Praise Jehovah for the RTE archives.
It was late 2006 and the Zanu FF inspired property bubble was at its peak. Budget 2007 was the last of the great giveaways. €3.5 billion was collected more than expected, €2.5 billion from Capital Taxes and Stamp Duty. Clowen was upbeat and spoke of his promise to "reward workers". A timely reminder to everyone of why we are in this mess.
The Big Giveaway - RTÉ Archives