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Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe during the departmental Budget press conference. Photo: Collins

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe during the departmental Budget press conference. Photo: Collins

Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe yesterday. Photo: Frank McGrath

Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe yesterday. Photo: Frank McGrath

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Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe during the departmental Budget press conference. Photo: Collins

The Budget bidding war is over and it’s not unfair to say the Government may have won this one. In the lead-up to the Dáil announcement Cabinet ministers were openly boasting that their Budget packages were bigger than what was being sought by the opposition. “I’ll be tut-tutting in the Dáil and telling my opposite number in Sinn Féin that they just aren’t ambitious enough,” one senior minister said.

At 1pm yesterday, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath announced a Budget like the public has never seen before. While other Budgets saw vast amounts of money spent by Government, never has there been so much state funding directed squarely at the pockets of citizens. Over the course of almost two hours, the ministers outlined their plans to spend €11bn over the next 15 months.


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