The machine that never makes a sound

I cannot recall another budget which produced such a muted reaction – but maybe therein lies its achievement

14th October, 2018
Pascal Donohoe stuck strictly to the terms of the confidence and supply agreement

It looks like the machine which was used to make Budget 2018 was pressed into service again for Budget 2019 last Tuesday. Did a machine ever run so quietly?

Last year, Budget 2018 tinkered with the 20 per cent tax band and the USC rates. So did Budget 2019. Budget 2018 had one big idea to raise revenue – an increase on stamp duty on sales of commercial property. This year, the big idea was the reinstatement...

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