Sunday February 16, 2020

Brian Keegan: History will be kind to Donohoe

It may be largely down to luck, but the finance portfolio is in good shape for whoever takes up the mantle

19th January, 2020
Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance: unlesss the next finance minister goes on a spending spree, there will be a budget surplus in 2020

One of the easiest portfolios for a new minister to pick up in the next few weeks will be Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform. Compare it to the lot of the next housing minister or the next health minister, who are bound to take up their portfolios with some trepidation. True, we have an enormous national debt, but then international interest rates are at historic lows. We no longer run a budget deficit and...

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