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Finance Minister Michael Noonan

Finance Minister Michael Noonan

Finance Minister Michael Noonan

FOR Michael Noonan, it's a case of damned if you do and damned if you don't.

The Government got soft in middle age, turned its plan for a final austerity Budget into a mild give-away, leaving debt set to peak at a level €10bn higher than would otherwise have been the case. That's essentially the argument from the Fiscal Advisory Council.


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