Tuesday March 31, 2020

Donohoe has no budget cash ‘hidden behind the radiator’

The minister could raise betting tax, carbon tax and the hospitality Vat rate, and is likely to move a little towards equalising teachers’ pay and alleviating the plight of members of the Defence Forces. But he is ‘determined not to cock up on the public finances’

23rd September, 2018
Paschal Donohoe urged to deliver 'neutral' budget. Pic: RollingNews.ie

The comedian Harry Enfield’s most famous 1980s creation was Loadsamoney, a flashy Cockney plasterer who liked to flaunt his new-found wealth.

Many government ministers think Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has loadsamoney to give them in his budget on October 9. But the problem is that the finances are not as good as ministers think they are. “They all think Paschal has money hidden behind a radiator, like Michael Noonan used to have....

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