Fionnan Sheahan: When the axe falls this time around, nothing will be sacred
Published 28/06/2011 | 05:00
Ernie Els, the South African golfer, entered the parlance of Hawkins House, the headquarters of the Department of Health, during the Celtic Tiger era:
The Department of Finance would send a memo out every summer asking how much funding would be needed the following year to provide the exact same range of services and implying no more money would be provided.
This is referred to as expenditure with "no policy change" and is known as the existing level of service or 'ELS'.