Martina Devlin: What a relief, it turns out we've got cash to burn
False alarm, my friends. No need to make any health service cuts, let alone that alarming €130m-worth we keep hearing about. On the contrary, so much money must have cluttered up the state coffers last year, our leaders were at a loss how to dispose of it.
Fortunately, they devised a plan. Rather than fritter it on public services -- which, frankly, are a bit of an indulgence -- they had the cash surplus distributed to some worthy causes. No, not to charities, that's ridiculously obvious.
Instead, certain TDs and senators received a windfall. I know, it's counter-intuitive, but that's the genius of the scheme.