The scale of the budgetary challenge over the short and medium term is beginning to dawn on the coalition government at all levels, from ministers to backbenchers, aides and officials.
Some of them - Richard Bruton, Pat Rabbitte, Ruairi Quinn and a few others - understood this before they took office. Other ministers had a nasty shock in their early months.
But it is only now, as the thrill of the honeymoon fades, that the...
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