It seems Howlin doesn't appreciate the dangers of a giveaway budget
Published 18/06/2015 | 02:30
In just four months' time, provided it is still in office, the Government will unveil the details of its final budget. It has already revealed that it intends Budget 2016 to be the most expansionary since before the crash.
Spending increases and tax cuts will be implemented even though the economy is the fastest growing in Europe and does not need such stimulus. They will be implemented even though all the money that is "given back" in the budget will be borrowed. They will be implemented even though the independent public finances watchdog has said that planned spending increases are a breach of the "spirit and letter" of the Government's own rules.
Pointing these facts out irks some people in Government. The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin is irked more than most.