Noonan considers Oireachtas budgetary service
Finance Minister Michael Noonan is considering an Oireachtas budgetary service that could cost proposals from Opposition parties and individual TDs.
Opposition parties welcomed the proposal, which was raised in the Dáil yesterday by Sinn Féin's Pearse Doherty.
Mr Noonan said he was coming around to the idea that the proposal should be considered.
"But it is a complicated matter, and should be subject to strict terms of reference," Mr Noonan said.
"It should be within the ambit of the Oireachtas Commission.
"It should be another unit of the resources available to the Oireachtas and it should be independent then of the Government and the Department of Finance."
At present, the Department of Finance will cost individual items contained in an alternative Budget presented by an Opposition party.
However, it doesn't calculate the overall impact of the package.