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The biggest budget in the history of the State? That's understating matters

Brendan Keenan


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Funding: What is the health budget meant to be when the pandemic is over?

Funding: What is the health budget meant to be when the pandemic is over?

Funding: What is the health budget meant to be when the pandemic is over?

If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck. But note that "probably". Just sometimes it isn't. Budget 2021 is one of those times.

Lots of quacking has gone on to make it look like any common or garden budget. There is much talk of the size of the deficit - €9bn in the first nine months of the year. There is the usual speculation about tax rises and social ­welfare payments. This duck, however, won't float.


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