Government departments are seeking huge increases in spending allocations next year, according to people familiar with the budget process now under way behind closed doors.
While formal, face-to-face negotiations on allocations for next year will not take place until September, officials in “line” government departments are already exchanging plans and estimates with their counterparts in the Department of Public Expenditure, beginning a dance which will culminate when expenditure minister Brendan Howlin delivers his spending estimates...
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