Budget blues and red flags

With the coalition's first budget imminent, Fine Gael and Labour TDs are preparing themselves for the inevitable backlash, writes Niamh Connolly, Political Correspondent.

4th December, 2011
Budget blues and red flags
Joan Burton: a cut to child benefit will lead to backbencher revolt. Photo: Tony O'Shea

*'The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing'*

The year may have changed, but the challenge that faced Jean-Baptiste Colbert has remained the same for generations of finance ministers: how to claw back maximum revenues for the state with the minimum political outcry.

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