Sunday 22 October 2017

Shane Coleman: We've travelled down this dangerous road before - and it didn't have a happy ending

Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy with his ‘giveaway’ budget in 2001. Photo: Ferran Peredes
Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy with his ‘giveaway’ budget in 2001. Photo: Ferran Peredes
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

What's so different about yesterday's Budget and the ones introduced by Charlie McCreevy during the boom years?

Fine Gael never misses an opportunity to tell us if it had been in power back then, things would have been very different. The party's innate probity and responsibility would have ensured a much more measured budgetary approach than the reckless and dangerous policies of Fianna Fáil.

The past couple of Budgets have surely stripped such claims of any credibility.

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