Saturday April 4, 2020

Budget 2015: No big moves, just back to normal

This was a budget that gave a little to everyone and scared no one; it was a budget dominated by taxes and a gradual easing of exchequer spending.

19th October, 2014
Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan exchange notes before addressing the press on budget day. Picture: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Budget 2015 was billed as the end of austerity. However, in another sense, it was also the return to a normalisation: the normalisation of politics, the normalisation of the exchequer and the normalisation of expectation.

After seven austere years, and €30 billion in economic adjustments, the government was finally able to remove the scalpel from the national finances.

Everyone got something in this budget. And yet, at the same time, everyone wanted a little bit more....

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