Wednesday 20 September 2017

Donohoe faces a major battle - and his nerve will be tested to the limit

Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe must convince the public he is defending taxpayer interests against more sectional demands Photo: Tom Burke
Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe must convince the public he is defending taxpayer interests against more sectional demands Photo: Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

The good news for Paschal Donohoe is that he will keep his job as Public Expenditure Minister. And the bad news for this most affable and upbeat minister is that he will keep his job as Public Expenditure Minister.

One of Taoiseach Enda Kenny's many throwaway remarks during a busy week was that he has no intention of a Cabinet reshuffle in the foreseeable future. It is clear that Mr Donohoe will need all his affability and courtesy for the major battle of his political career which is already upon him.

The Irish economy is on a very dangerous corner just now and the runaway train of public pay could be the one that drags us back to the dark place we were in just five short years ago. The Brexit vote of June 23 has brought no upside - the uncertainty it has brought risks being compounded by the unpredictable fallout from the election of Donald Trump as US president.

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