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Briefing: Mandarins ignore Howlin hardball

lGovernment departments wouldn't offer Brendan Howlin the spending cuts he was looking for, so his department found their own.

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

26th October, 2014
Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure, meets the press.

In the run-up to the budget, the Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin asked the public to come up with their own spending cuts.

“Decrease social benefit for single and unmarried mothers” was one suggestion, while another contributor asked him to “try to lessen comfort in jail to decrease offending”.

While these might be predictable, he got even poorer responses from some of the government departments taking part in his Comprehensive...

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