Saturday 21 October 2017

Donohoe's excuses for reneging on pension promises are risible

The Minister for Public Expenditure has floundered in his efforts to hold the Government line on the Budget, writes Willie O'Dea

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Willie O'Dea

It is almost possible to feel sorry for Paschal Donohoe…but only almost. As Minister for Public Expenditure, Donohoe has spent the past few weeks scurrying about desperately trying to hold the line on Government spending in advance of the upcoming budget.

Fair enough. That is what you would expect any reasonable and astute Minister for Public Expenditure to do. But, only a few months into the job, Mr Donohoe is showing signs that being reasonable or astute is not his forte.

Instead of taking on the real spending culprits - namely his Cabinet colleagues (and Fine Gael leadership succession rivals), who have been using the August silly season to fly spending kites designed to bolster their individual leadership ambitions, who does Mr Donohoe decide to take on? Pensioners.

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