Enjoy the silence: TDs take comfort from muted reaction to Budget 2021

There has been relatively little outcry about the record-breaking budget announced last week, which many are interpreting as a sign of its popularity

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: most of his party were in a ‘chipper mood’ over the budget Picture: Julien Behal

Something unusual happened in Ciaran Cannon’s constituency office last week. In the aftermath of a budget, the Fine Gael TD’s office would usually be inundated with phone calls and emails from frustrated and disillusioned constituents who believed the government had failed to recognise their obvious need for financial assistance.

This year, however, things were strangely quiet. “In the aftermath of a number of previous budgets, we would have got incessant emails and phone calls overnight, ...