Budget 2023

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Glowing reports from the IMF won’t mean much to those struggling with rent, fuel and food costs

Michael McGrath, Minister for Public Expenditure and Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance: launched the Summer Economic Statement last week. Picture: Fergal Phillips

It feels as if the country has just done some kind of economic Leaving Cert, with end of term reports published last week. First there was the Summer Economic Statement, then the Central Bank quarterly update, and finally on Thursday a good conduct report from the International Monetary Fund. Subject to the usual terms, conditions and hedging that we tend to find in economic assessments, the portrait which all three of these reports painted of ...