Five years ago, when Budget 2008 was delivered by the then Minister for Finance, Brian Cowen, Irish taxpayers had little sense of just how long the road ahead would be.
December 2007 marked Cowen's fourth delivery of the budget speech, but it was the first one he'd had to make against a challenging economic backdrop. The property market had turned sour and the economy was starting to get shaky, but still ahead lay a worldwide meltdown...
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