Sinn Fein only offers unrealistic alternatives
The anti-jobs party's pre-Budget submission was nothing less than fantastical, with no ideas, writes Willie O'Dea
On Tuesday, Michael Noonan will present his sixth Budget. The first five were crafted to satisfy the wants of Fine Gael's backers, with a nod to Labour. This one will be different.
For the first time a minister for finance will have to consult with - and try to include - a range of other political voices, including the Opposition. Have no doubt, it will still be a Government Budget: one that is approved by the Cabinet of Fine Gael and Independents but, hopefully, will also reflect views from outside Government ranks.
We are heading into a period of uncertainty courtesy of the UK vote to leave the EU. Britain seems to be heading for a hard Brexit when it starts Article 50 negotiations at the end of March. Brexit poses a huge threat to our economy, but it is not the only one.