Friday November 22, 2019

A budget consistent with a centre-right approach to tax and spend policies

Like Paschal Donohoe, Christian Democrats across Europe support the social state. And they’re also reluctant to cut income taxes

13th October, 2019

Every year we are accustomed to the Minister for Finance standing up in the Dáil and delivering a budget speech. While the media and parliamentary reactions make for great fanfare, one would be forgiven for thinking that the whole process is pure theatre.

Constitutionally, the minister is obliged to keep the announcement secret, which adds to the effect. But this only makes sense for those components of the budget that have an immediate...

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