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A slow and steady centrist budget with an eye on the unknown

Budget 2019 gives a little to a lot, with an aim of consistent and incremental change in an age of uncertainty

14th October, 2018
Paschal Donohoe’s budget followed a gradual and steady path Picture: PA

Last year, two days after delivering his maiden budget as both Minister for Finance and Minister for Public Expenditure, I sat down with Paschal Donohoe in his office on the ground floor of the Department of Finance. The budget had received some criticism for lack of vision, and for giving too little to too many. Donohoe bristled at this suggestion, arguing that minor changes to tax and spending over a long period get you to...

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