Days of the giveaway Budget are over, but where will surplus €1bn be spent?
Money in our pockets might feel nice, but that's not what voters said they wanted in the recent election, writes Kevin Doyle
What do we want? We're not quite sure. When do we want it? Now. An air of expectation that will lead to disappointment is starting to bubble around Budget 2017.
After years of fearing Budget Day, voters are now akin to a child in a sweetshop looking at all the different options before realising that 50c doesn't go very far anymore.
Since taking over at the Department of Finance in 2011, Michael Noonan has constructed some of the most diverse budgets in Irish history.