Wednesday October 21, 2020

Coalition faces crunch budget decisions Big coalition decisions remain to be taken

The government has some room for manoeuvre when planning the budget this year, but not a whole lot, writes Cliff Taylor.

15th June, 2013
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore: has spoken of the need to end the age of austerity more than once. Photo: Tony O'Shea

Stick or twist? Go easy? Get it over with? This is the crunch choice facing the government as it heads into planning October's budget. In the coming days, the budget 'memo' - the instructions on the parameters from the Department of Finance to other departments - will go out, containing its usual demands for cuts.

However, the big decisions still have to be taken.

Forget about the details for a moment: the big political choice...

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