Wednesday 25 April 2018

At last – a proper debate on our Budget choices

REJOICE. It may be dull at times but we are having a genuine debate ahead of the Budget for the first time in three years. The normal pre-Budget bickering has resumed because Finance Minister Michael Noonan faces genuine choices about spending and taxation.

No previous government since the 2010 bailout has had any wriggle room when it came to deciding on the size of spending cuts and tax hikes until now.

The programme was written in stone and it was clear to most people that any deviation could have had catastrophic consequences for the country as whole.

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