Lise Hand: Budget rumour mill grinds to halt
NORMALLY there's only one topic up for debate in Leinster House in November. Normally, the corridors of power are overflowing with kites, hints, red herrings, leaks, frighteners, portents, nods, winks and conspiratorial grassy knolls.
These aren't normal times. Instead of the weeks before yet another scarifying €3.5bn Budget being consumed by fevered whispers and debate about cuts and taxes, politicians are reeling under the shadow of Savita.
Yesterday the Taoiseach was in Brussels for yet another (sigh) Crunch Summit, which consists of intense haggling and horse-trading worthy of the Ballinasloe Fair as crucial decisions are made on the EU's budget for the next seven years.