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.
*'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.
Tomorrow and Tuesday will finally put an end to the rumours, manipulated leaks and...
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