Monday 5 December 2016

Brexit is the 'Fiver Budget's' final frontier

Published 13/10/2016 | 02:30

Mr Martin said that these provisions were 'extraordinary' because they stopped far short of the promised 'Brexit-proofed' Budget. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Mr Martin said that these provisions were 'extraordinary' because they stopped far short of the promised 'Brexit-proofed' Budget. Photo: Gerry Mooney

The "Fiver" Budget" has morphed into the "mystery of the fiver start-date" - but it is also now limping out the gate and towards the archives.

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The strange phenomenon of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil allied in citing WB Yeats on the importance of the "centre holding" was only marred a little by the pretty vicious row over the €5 welfare increases and their timing.

But yesterday, Fianna Fáil sought to stress another point of differentiation: Brexit preparations - or rather their inadequacy.

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