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Matt Cooper: ‘Populist’ Harris and co again seek to ignore and dismiss fiscal council’s warnings

Budget watchdog has no political ally in government or opposition to take up the cudgels on its behalf

Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe (left) and Minister for Finance Michael McGrath have been advised against breaking the Government’s own 5 per cent spending rule again. Picture: PA

This government – just like the last one – engages in the same ritual dance with the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council a few times each ...