Playing the percentages: Budget 2022 to reflect new reality of a changed game

Paschal Donohoe and Michael McGrath are receiving the usual entreaties from various interest groups, but this year the biggest factor of all is Ireland’s upcoming departure from a 12.5 per cent rate of corporation tax

Daniel Murray

Political Correspondent @danieltmurray
10th October, 2021
Playing the percentages: Budget 2022 to reflect new reality of a changed game
Siobhán Brady pictured with three-year-old Ella Farrell at Playdays Playschool in Castleknock: the childcare provider is hoping for a rise in state payments under the ECCE scheme in the budget. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Siobhán Brady has had a busy few weeks. As well running her playschool in Castleknock in west Dublin, she has been emailing her local TDs – who include Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Roderic O’Gorman, the Minister for Children – about the pressure her business is under.

“In the long term, parents need support to pay for services. But there are also government-funded services like mine where our backs are...

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