Friday October 30, 2020

Analysis: Scale of Budget package makes opposition’s task more challenging

Few standout measures for government’s opponents to attack en masse, as they are left to criticise a lack of ‘certainty’ and ‘hope’

14th October, 2020
Pearse Doherty, the Sinn Féin finance spokesman, said the Budget needed to provide more certainty. Picture: Rollingnews.ie

The only budget certainty each year is that the opposition will criticise whatever government announces so there was a certain irony when this year a lack of certainty itself was identified by Sinn Féin as Budget 2021’s greatest deficiency.

The scale of the record €17.75 billion package announced by Paschal Donohoe and Michael McGrath on Tuesday was always going to make the opposition’s annual task of criticising the budget a difficult one...

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