Thursday 25 May 2017

Lenihan's last chance to save us

The Budget must be ferocious and seismic but it also must set in train radical reform, says Daniel McConnell

Shortly after 6pm last Tuesday, Brian Lenihan unexpectedly bounced into the packed political correspondents' room above the passport office on Molesworth Street.

The normal post-Cabinet briefing for journalists with the Government's spokesmen was just concluding when he arrived.

Usually such audiences with him are flagged in advance. This time he came without notice. Looking nervous and edgy, he told us that, by the end of the week, we would have confirmation of the scale of cuts for 2011.

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