Monday 22 January 2018

Troika will get pound of flesh in final Budget

* Once the curtain falls on the sideshows of the abortion bill and the abolition of the Seanad (insert your own epilogue here), political and public attention will circle back to the main agenda: the economy.

Ireland is officially back in recession and exports, often touted as a beacon of hope, are down. The Budget is fast approaching as it has been fast-forwarded to October.

Not only does this serve to coordinate with wider EU budgeting but it also means the Budget will have full input from the troika given that it is to be the last before we begin to stand on our own two feet.

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