Tuesday 6 December 2016

Budget will consolidate 'new politics' into reality

Published 08/10/2016 | 02:30

Finance Minister Michael Noonan and then-Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin on Budget day last year. Photo: Justin Mac Innes / Mac Innes Photography
Finance Minister Michael Noonan and then-Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin on Budget day last year. Photo: Justin Mac Innes / Mac Innes Photography

Until very recently, Budget day was seen as the main set-piece of the political year for the public and for members of the fourth estate. General elections aside, the annual Budget is essentially a party political pageant, used to portray the economic and political character of the Government. It was a veritable bonanza of keynote speeches, marathon day-long TV and radio coverage, with photo calls and press opportunities galore.

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If you are looking for intrigue and suspense from Budget 2017, do not waste your wifi. It's mostly on the pages of newspapers and on social media already.

Thrill-seekers beware, Budget 2017 is likely to be about as satisfying as a Kinder Surprise - nicely packaged, heavily promoted and you might even get a fleeting sugar rush. However, expect to be disappointed with the token present cocooned within, it will probably be gone from your pocket by the end of the week.

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