Wednesday August 5, 2020

Crucial budget for coalition’s re-election hopes

Departments are pushing for big increases, but the days of plenty haven’t returned

22nd August, 2015
Michael Noonan will not be able to keep everyone happy on budget day in October Picture: EPA

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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