Sunday 17 December 2017

Noonan does his best to dampen Budget hopes

Finance Minister Michael Noonan. Pic: Tom Burke
Finance Minister Michael Noonan. Pic: Tom Burke


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.

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