Tuesday February 18, 2020

Budget 2017: working out the fine print for D-Day

Between the independents and Fianna Fail, the budget will be a headache for Fine Gael

2nd October, 2016
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Paschal Donohoe and Michael Noonan are keen to facilitate the independents without exceeding the 1 billion fiscal space Picture: Fergal Phillips

Armed with their budget demands, the Independent Alliance arrived for a meeting with Fine Gael last Thursday, expecting to deal with Fine Gael’s finance duo of Michael Noonan and Paschal Donohoe. But there was an unexpected guest.

“The Taoiseach came to the meeting,” a source later said. “We thought he would come in and wish us best of luck and toddle out the door, but he stayed for all of the meeting and...

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