Saturday 17 February 2018

Kevin Doyle: The big day arrives with lots of promise, but little loot

Finance Minister Michael Noonan. Photo: Tom Burke
Finance Minister Michael Noonan. Photo: Tom Burke
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Cast your mind back to this week 12 months ago. Fine Gael and the Labour Party were delivering the last budget of their five-year term and hopes were high that after years of austerity it would be a 'giveaway'.

There was €1.5bn to play around with and the promise from the then government was that people would feel the benefit in their pockets.

That figure is at least €0.3bn more than Michael Noonan and Paschal Donohoe will have available to them tomorrow.

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