Minister for Finance Brian Cowen had relatively little extra cash to spend on Budget 2008.
F or this reason, he had to slow the growth of day-today spending sharply. Current spending will rise by 13.5 per cent this year, but this rate of growth will slow to 8.2 per cent next year.
The minister had already announced in his pre-budget report the spending rises needed to maintain public services at this year’s level. On Budget Day, he announced...
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