Division Bell: The importance of being earnest about budgets

Politics, and budgets in particular, have a serious effect on people's lives - and to claim otherwise is to misunderstand how our society is run, writes Pat Leahy.

20th July, 2013
I hear from people with direct knowledge that some of the meetings between the government side and the troika in the past week have been hot and heavy.

The Dáil rose for its summer break last week, and will return on September 18. If that seems like a long break, God be with the days of Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen, stewards of the boom and the bust, when Dáil holidays ran from early July until the end of September. But the coalition listened to the scolding of the political correspondents and commentators about these obscenely long holidays and now it's an eight-week...

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