Exchequer figures show up better than expected

There is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for the coalition. If the parties manage to hang together until early December - which is clearly questionable, despite Michael McDowell’s announcement that the PDs may stay in for the moment - then th

7th October, 2006

Whether this glue will be powerful enough to hold the coalition together for that length of time remains to be seen.

Amid all the talk of Paddy the Plasterer and the minibus driver who didn’t ‘‘eat the dinner’’, little attention was paid last week to the publication of exchequer figures for the third quarter of the year.

While Department of Finance officials were, as ever, trying t o play...

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