Noonan does his best to dampen Budget hopes
Low expectations are the best protection against disappointment, and Finance Minister Michael Noonan did his utmost to get this message across in his joust with the Oireachtas Budget Oversight Committee yesterday.
Those hoping to be dazzled by the lustre of gilded promises were dissatisfied. Taxpayers would not be throwing hats in the air on Budget night, he warned.
Given the uncertainty of Brexit, he explained that distinguishing the affordable from the merely "desirable" would have to be the priority.