Much of Tuesday’s Budget had been leaked in advance. It was as if the government wanted to give people time to digest what was involved rather than land them will all the bad news at the same time.
It seems gone are the days when ministers had to resign after announcing elements of the Budget in advance of the Finance Minister’s announcement in the Dail.
It was drip fed to us this week so that most people knew what to expect without being fully aware of the finer details until Tuesday afternoon.
But the big question about the Budget is this - will it work?
It will cut costs in various departments, cause hardship in many areas, make it more difficult for many people to survive.
We will all have to live with that to various extents.
But it might be tolerable if there was light at the end of the tunnel.
No one enjoys living through difficult times - and we have been doing so for years - but if we could believe that it was in the greater national good, that we would come out of it at the end in a better place, then we could tolerate it a little easier.
We have been told by the government that this is the case and we approaching the end of austerity budgets and that we can soon say goodbye to the bail out.
But can we be really sure?