Cabinet returns with much to do
Government ministers return to their desks this week with a General Election on their minds but with an array of difficult issues outstanding which should be prioritised over and above party political considerations.
The first Cabinet meeting since July will be held on Wednesday in an atmosphere of somewhat strained relations between the Coalition partners but at a time of relative economic health.
Ministers are expected to agree a broad outline for Budget 2016, an event that will signal the countdown to the election. The Finance Minister, Michael Noonan has said that the Government will be in a position to introduce expansionary budgets between now and 2020, if it is deemed prudent to do so and, of course, if it has been re-elected and is in such a position.