Cowen's actions will betray Government election plans

The Minister for Finance, Brian Cowen, will be revealing much more than what he plans to spend on health, childcare, education and welfare when he stands up in six weeks' time to deliver his 2006 budget.

22nd October, 2005

The Minister for Finance, Brian Cowen, will be revealing much more than what he plans to spend on health, childcare, education and welfare when he stands up in six weeks' time to deliver his 2006 budget.

According to economists, the minister will effectively betray the biggest government secret of them all: the likely date of the next general election. An early election date next year now looks increasingly unlikely as fears recede about how the Irish...

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