Backroom: More difficult moments looming in Leinster House asylum

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan was able to honour the coalition's key electoral promises in last month's budget. But only just. So, in 2012, Ireland will be able to avoid headline income tax incr

22nd January, 2012

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan was able to honour the coalition's key electoral promises in last month's budget. But only just. So, in 2012, Ireland will be able to avoid headline income tax increases, welfare reductions and the abandonment of the Croke Park agreement. But with tax revenues disappointing and with global growth forecasts being revised downwards, it is only a matter of time before the commitments on these "untouchables" have to be discarded. The...

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