Tuesday 24 January 2017

Nation pays big price as wiggle room diminishes

Minister's comments in Galway were an admission the figures don't stack up, writes Daniel McConnell

Published 19/09/2010 | 05:00

Last Monday, Finance Minister Brian Lenihan breezed into the Ardilaun Hotel in Galway and dramatically set the cat amongst the pigeons.

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Before he had even spoken or addressed his colleagues, in less than two minutes during a media doorstep, Lenihan declared that the €3bn cuts in the Budget would be a minimum and not the total amount needed.

The media and the public were stunned, and his colleagues were furious. It was a massive shift in his position, and he has, once again, been forced to adjust his figures for the worse.

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