Thursday 23 November 2017

Fionnan Sheahan: Reilly and Burton can't avoid hard spending choices for much longer

A minister seemingly willing to cut spending who doesn't know how to go about it and a minister apparently unwilling to cut spending who knows how to avoid it.

James Reilly and Joan Burton will remain centre stage for the remainder of the year as their departments will provide the bulk of the €2.25bn in spending cuts in Budget 2013.

But their contrasting styles mean while the Health Minister is currently a pariah, the Social Welfare Minister maintains a charmed existence.

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