Comment: A first step for the fledgling minority government

Agreement on this budget makes it more likely this government will get through the next, says Michael Brennan

12th October, 2016
Noonan and Donohoe leave RTÉ Radio 1 for Today with Sean O'Rourke. Pic: RollingNews.ie

It was summed up in some ways by Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe in his budget speech: "Many believed that the government would not still be in place by the time budget day arrived, and yet here we are."

Fine Gael parliamentary party chairman Martin Heydon TD had said the backbenchers were pushing for social welfare benefits to be increased for carers and people with disabilities as well as pensions. In the end, Social Protection...

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