Friday 15 December 2017

Brendan Keenan: Budget focus on PRSI fund raises question : does it make sense?

IT seems a long time ago, but the standard cartoon of the Minister for Finance on Budget Day used to have him dressed as Santa Claus.

Ridiculous – although in one shop I saw a version on a card which combined Mr Noonan dressed as Santa while holding the Grim Reaper's scythe. A sign read, 'Reduced to €1.50', which perhaps says it all.

Yet there was something Christmassy about the Budget. You know: old faces one hasn't seen for ages come around and make their presence felt – many of whom one wishes had not turned up at all.

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