Fionnan Sheahan: Idea of cross-party consensus on budget plan is not credible
Green Party leader John Gormley wants to achieve "consensus" on the four-year super budget. Unfortunately for him, Taoiseach Brian Cowen is less enthused by the prospect of sitting down with the opposition parties to thrash out their views on the way ahead.
Besides, there's precious little agreement across the key questions being asked of the political parties on a range of issues at the moment.
Within the coalition parties of Fianna Fail and the Greens, there's still plenty of ground to be covered before the Government itself signs off on the four-year plan or even December's Budget.