Budget 2014: Labour pulls off budget loaves and fishes' trick

There has been no major post-budget drama, but Fine Gael are privately seething at how the welfare budget got off more lightly than Health, writes Niamh Connolly.

20th October, 2013

Government TDs returned to their constituencies this weekend hopeful that no hidden grenade would explode in the budget fallout. So far, this budget has had none of the drama of previous years, when cabals of TDs huddled on the stairs of Leinster House, met privately with ministers, and went out to the media to call for U-turns.

And there were no deputies pirouetting on the plinth' either.

Last Tuesday night, one Labour TD sat down...

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