Thursday 22 February 2018

Brexit is the 'Fiver Budget's' final frontier

Mr Martin said that these provisions were 'extraordinary' because they stopped far short of the promised 'Brexit-proofed' Budget. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Mr Martin said that these provisions were 'extraordinary' because they stopped far short of the promised 'Brexit-proofed' Budget. Photo: Gerry Mooney
John Downing

John Downing

The "Fiver" Budget" has morphed into the "mystery of the fiver start-date" - but it is also now limping out the gate and towards the archives.

The strange phenomenon of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil allied in citing WB Yeats on the importance of the "centre holding" was only marred a little by the pretty vicious row over the €5 welfare increases and their timing.

But yesterday, Fianna Fáil sought to stress another point of differentiation: Brexit preparations - or rather their inadequacy.

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