Tuesday 23 October 2018

TDs in scramble for small victories before the big day

Fine Gael must share the spoils but in reality, most of the demands it faced were always going to be introduced without too much pressure

'Negotiations with the group of Independent ministers have been especially difficult this year.' Stock picture
'Negotiations with the group of Independent ministers have been especially difficult this year.' Stock picture
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

At this point in Budget negotiations, it is all about claiming small victories before Paschal 'Prudent' Donohoe sets out the Government's spending plans for next year.

Fianna Fail, the Independent Alliance and various other TDs who back the Government are all trying to put their own stamp on the budget.

Last Friday, in a boardroom with sweeping views of Dublin city centre, Fianna Fail negotiators Barry Cowen and Michael McGrath set out the party's Budget priorities.

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