Tuesday 20 August 2019

Cabinet holds 'incorporeal meeting' in order to ensure passing of finance bill

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Tom Burke
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Tom Burke

Niall O'Connor

The Cabinet has held an "incorporeal meeting" in order to ensure the smooth passing of the Finance Bill - a key component of the annual budget.

The bill itself provides for the various taxation measures agreed as part of Budget 2018 - many of which are due to kick in early next year.

However, the Cabinet was forced to hold today's incorporeal meeting due to the absence of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who is currently on the West Coast of the US where he is attending trade meetings.

An incorporeal meeting is one that involves ministers speaking over the phone and is usually reserved for emergency events.

For example, the most infamous incorporeal meeting in the history of the State took place on the night of September 29, 2008 when the Bank guarantee was agreed.

There was also an incorporeal meeting held last summer in order to deal with the bins controversy.

But over time, incorporeal meetings have been seen as less significant.The meeting last night involved technical amendments to the finance bill, according to Cabinet sources, in order to ensure its smooth passing in the coming weeks.

Fianna Fáil were notified of the need for the meeting and had no objections. 

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