COMMENT: Coalition has bet an awful lot on growth picking up

Insofar as government has been communicating a coherent message this year, one of its refrains has been that after years of austerity, help is on the way this year.

15th April, 2014
Pat Leahy

The Irish Times reports this morning that Michael Noonan and his officials in the Department of Finance are pushing back against the growing clamour throughout government for tax cuts or “relief for hard pressed families” or an easing of the budget’s target of €2 billion – which terms and objectives appear to be more or less interchangeable.

Insofar as government has been communicating a coherent message this year, one of its...

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