Budget 2017: The missteps, the empty promises and policy flunks

Budget 2017: The missteps, the empty promises and policy flunks
Fine Gael Minister for Finance Michael Noonan with Minister for Public Expenditure Pascal O Donohue both waving to the media last Tuesday Pic: RollingNews.ie

There was something for everyone in Budget 2017, but few really benefited

It was a budget that seemed to lack an overall strategy, with a little for everyone, but arguably nothing meaningful for anyone. A €5 weekly increase in the pension and other welfare payments, measures to help first-time buyers, a childcare package and a modest cut in the universal social charge were among the headline grabbers.

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