Budget 2015: After austerity, a new age

Following six long years of punitive gloom, the budget signals the onset of a different phase in Irish politics. Pat Leahy and Michael Brennan report

19th October, 2014
Brendan Howlin and Michael Noonan: September produced a series of economic numbers that demonstrated the economy was not just recovering steadily, it was beginning to fly Picture: PA

Newspaper headlines had been heralding the end of the age of austerity for weeks, but nothing said it so clearly as the paltry few protesters outside the Dáil when TDs arrived back to Leinster House for the coalition’s fourth budget last Tuesday.

Gardaí had erected crowd control barriers where Molesworth Street meets Kildare Street at the entrance to Ireland’s parliament buildings. In recent years, this stretch of road has seen protests...

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