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The battle for Budget 2014 . . .

Major party differences combined with deep uncertainty over health spending have delayed the agreement of Tuesday's budget until the last minute, writes Pat Leahy.

12th October, 2013

Behind-the-scenes difficulties in agreeing a health budget for next year have delayed agreement of the budget and led to sharp divisions between Fine Gael and Labour in recent weeks.

After last year's five-minutes-to-midnight deal between Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore in Government Buildings on the Saturday night before the budget, officials and ministers were determined to avoid a repeat this year. Yet that is where they have ended up this weekend.

Agreement on the health...

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