Friday October 23, 2020

Comment: Political theatre and antagonism must be suspended from this budget day

Collaboration is needed to save as many lives and livelihoods as possible

12th October, 2020
Politicians such as Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance, are not used to making life and death decisions and they are certainly not used to being evaluated by a death tally. Picture: Sam Boal/

The surprising thing about the annual Budget is that the haggling over final decisions really does go down to the wire. Ministers really do still argue with the Department of Finance right up to the very last minute, in the hope that they will be the ones to pull the proverbial rabbit out of the ever-shrinking hat.

They will have been lobbied into the floor by then, with every organisation in the country having a...

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