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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