Budget 2017: Another roll of the dice

Budget 2017: Another roll of the dice

Budget Day saw the government unveil its latest plan to tackle Ireland’s dysfunctional property market, but opinion is split on whether it will achieve its goals

For months ahead of the budget, civil servants from various departments, Central Bank officials and a host of external economists and housing experts held meeting after meeting to try and craft a brand new approach to help the thousands trapped in the vortex of a dysfunctional property market.

Simon Coveney’s Rebuilding Ireland plan, launched in July, had set out badly-needed first steps. But as the new government took centre stage on budget day, could it...

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