Another budget is rubber-stamped

In spite of promises, the Fine Gael-led government has done absolutely nothing to open the budget process to public scrutiny.

12th October, 2014
Colin Murphy.

Who said this? “The budget set-piece debate is little more than political theatre. The budget is presented to the Dáil at the end of each year as a fait accompli, to be rubber-stamped by the Oireachtas.”

Fine Gael did, in its 2010 policy document, New Politics. On Tuesday, we’ll witness another such fait accompli – the fourth under this Fine Gael-Labour government. The most significant change they have overseen is that...

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