Anne-Marie Walsh: Unnamed savings to fund deals
Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe may well have found the money for the latest pay rise for public servants down the back of a sofa.
The murky world of the State finances was as clear as mud again this week when he was asked where he would get money to give State workers a wage boost. A €1,000 sweetener will push up wages in April instead of September to make up for the handout given to gardaí before Christmas.
Mr Donohoe has already ring-fenced €290m for pay rises already due under the Lansdowne Road agreement, on top of €267m last year and €287m next year. The minister said savings and efficiencies of €168m were found last year without cutting services, before adding: "That's what I intend to do for 2017."