For better or worse, Donohoe represents a safe pair of hands
The Finance Minister made a series of choices in the Budget aimed at keeping us grounded in 2018, writes Kevin Doyle
The choice facing Paschal Donohoe as he took to his feet last Tuesday was to accept things as they were or take responsibility for changing them.
Whether in good times or bad, budgets are about making hard choices. A minister can upset an entire section of the population by ignoring them during growth periods, just as much as he can by targeting them during austerity.
Of course, Donohoe's choices were somewhat limited by the peloton of Independents and Fianna Fail who keep the 32nd Dail in motion.