Wednesday 13 December 2017

Fionnan Sheahan: Reality bites opposition as 1,500 billion pennies drop

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

The penny drops. And 1,500 billion pennies, at that. Pale faces were the order of the day for those who came out of the Department of Finance briefing yesterday.

Whatever notions the opposition parties had of the condition of the economy before they went into Merrion Street, the mindset changed on the way back out the door.

Labour's Joan Burton, Fine Gael's Michael Noonan and Sinn Fein's Arthur Morgan got their first glimpse of reality when the department's secretary general Kevin Cardiff opened the books to them yesterday.

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