Friday 23 March 2018

Political Budget with no guarantee of political gains was a huge gamble at a time of great uncertainty

Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

The big Budget hurdle has been cleared - despite the doomsday predictions of recent months - but there are plenty of reasons for Fine Gael deputies to be concerned.

Paschal Donohoe claimed this as a Budget of, and for, the "centre". But that's something of a stretch. Any Social Democratic government across Europe would have been more than happy to have claimed it, with its tax cuts focused on lower earners, childcare package and welfare increases.

More than that, though, the similarities with some of Charlie McCreevy's budgets of the noughties are hard to overlook.

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