‘Jobs, jobs, jobs has to be our priority in the coming years.” That was the message from Taoiseach Brian Cowen in a speech to the Dublin Chamber of Commerce in February. Looking at the detail of the supplementary budget announced by finance minister Brian Lenihan last week, business groups felt there was little evidence of that priority.
‘‘A missed opportunity’’, ‘‘completely inadequate’’ and ‘‘disappointing’’ were some of the descriptions of a budget they...
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