COLUMN: annual budget charade to amuse and scare

There is less than a month to go before Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin deliver their budget for 2014. That month will be tedious to the point of extreme boredom, writes Jim Power.

19th September, 2013
Jim Power: The whole process is a total charade, but it is one that can have a very damaging impact on consumer and business sentiment and spending plans.

I have never failed to be amazed and dismayed at the amount of hype and speculation that surrounds the presentation of Ireland’s fiscal plans for the coming year, namely the annual budget.

There is now less than a month to go before Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin deliver their statement of revenue and expenditure plans for 2014, but that month will be tedious to the point of extreme boredom.

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