A budget ‘in the national interest’ is balm on the country’s wounds

Analysis: Safe delivery of a crucial budget without mishap is an achievement. The political significance goes beyond the measures in the budget itself

18th October, 2020
A budget ‘in the national interest’ is balm on the country’s wounds
Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance, pumped what Michael Noonan used to call “billuns and billuns” into the economy and, at this time, that must be good for us all. Picture: Julien Behal

If Paschal Donohoe had been born on the banks of the Ganges, he would almost certainly be a senior guru, despite his relative youth. Exuding wisdom and calm, the Minister for Finance used his Budget 2021 speech to spread balm on the nation’s wounds and pour treacle on the heads of his critics and interrogators.

Surely such a nice man quoting Seamus Heaney would never lead us astray? Along with Michael McGrath, the Minister...

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