John Drennan: FG weighs up 'fun tax' on Lotto windfalls and low-cost beer
The country may be reeling from a raft of new taxes, cuts and VAT hikes. However, if the bright young guns in Fine Gael get their way, the shivering population will be shocked by more radical taxes.
At a recent Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting the wily Finance Minister Michael Noonan certainly got more than he expected when he asked the TDs for ideas on new taxes he could impose.
In a suggestion that conjured up the ghost of Ernest Blythe one of the more dramatic proposals was that lottery winners should be taxed.