Wednesday 26 April 2017

Noonan proves to be a skilled goose plucker

Michael Noonan stood up in the Dail yesterday to present the second half of a Budget billed in advance as the harshest ever.

The Finance Minister's immediate task was to announce €1.6bn in tax increases, to follow the €2.2bn in spending cuts unveiled by the Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin on Monday.

The background was grim. Since last March, the Fine Gael-Labour coalition had struggled to make a start on rectifying a devastated economy.

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