Mandy Johnston: This was the opening shot of the election we all know isn't far off
Did Budget 2018 yesterday ignite a republic of opportunity? Well, no. But as prophesied, the Government told us this Budget was not designed to suddenly plonk us in a utopian Ireland, but would allow us to step forward in the right direction.
In reality, this procyclical Budget was essentially the first step undertaken by Fine Gael to influence the outcome of an election, whenever Fianna Fáil deems it appropriate to trigger one.
As a piece of political theatre, Budget 2018 is constructed to improve the lives of the many and not the few. The overarching objective of this €1.8bn package is to solidify our course for a continued recovery.