Preparing for the storm

Brendan Howlin has moved swiftly on top-level pay as the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, but he knows that the unpopular work still has to be done

25th June, 2011
Preparing for the storm
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Brendan Howlin’s ministerial office in the Department of Finance on Merrion Street is a study in efficiency.

A tidy desk perched at the end of a modestly-furnished room with a very austere boardroom table as its centrepiece.

Save for some artwork donated by the Office of Public Works for his walls, these are the utilitarian surroundings of a minister who is preparing to wield the axe in public spending.

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