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Division Bell: The budget's sealed chamber of secrets

Brendan Howlin wants our budgeting system changed, but it's wishful thinking, writes Pat Leahy, Political Editor.

13th October, 2012

From some weeks ago, up till the first week of December, the business of government and the game of politics are both consumed by the budget and estimates process. It was ever thus. But does the system work? Brendan Howlin reckons not. Here's what the Minister for Public Expenditure told the Dáil when delivering his first budget speech last year:

"The fact is that Ireland's traditional system of budgeting no longer works for...

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