Saturday October 31, 2020

Analysis: A Budget delivered under the shadow of Covid-19’s great unknown

Given that it is just a decade since the the Troika bailout, there is nervousness about the level of borrowing

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

13th October, 2020
Paschal Donohoe said today’s budget is the ‘largest in the history of the state’ and ‘this is, without question, the appropriate response’. Picture: Julien Behal

TDs were warned before the Budget speeches began not to put out any of the contents from their documentation packs on social media.

Sean O’Fearghail, the Ceann Comhairle, added this was in case “Morning Ireland or the national media have missed anything so far”.

Indeed, there were a few big surprises when Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance, stepped up to give his Budget speech in the Dáil’s new temporary home...

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