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Carbon budget is specifically designed to circumvent the democratic process

Michael McNamara


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Environment, Climate and Communications Minister Eamon Ryan

Environment, Climate and Communications Minister Eamon Ryan

Environment, Climate and Communications Minister Eamon Ryan

Inflation is hurting. It’s only June and already the focus is turning to the B udget, but perhaps the wrong one. If the October Budget doesn’t pass, the Dáil is dissolved and the people get to select new representatives who can agree on one . That’s democracy. The people select 160 or so representatives to determine on their behalf who gets what from the wealth generated in the S tate .

Imagine a budget that didn’t detail where spending is to be reduced or taxation increased, one that just set the overall spending target and left it all to the Finance Minister to determine without any oversight from the Dáil. It couldn’t be called a budget.


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