Government repeating past mistakes on spending, says watchdog

The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council's budget assessment warns of a 'worrying pattern' in the management of the public finances in recent years

28th November, 2018
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The state’s budgetary watchdog has criticised the planned increases in spending announced in Budget 2019, and warned of a “worrying pattern” in the management of the public finances in recent years.

The council described the spending increase of €4.5 billion, net of tax measures, planned for 2019 as “substantial”, and beyond a €3.5 billion figure that it had previously recommended as sustainable. It said the plans were “not conducive to prudent economic...

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