Saturday January 25, 2020

Inside the 2009 emergency budget

Secret cabinet documents reveal that, six years ago, Brian Cowen’s government was desperate for ideas to save money

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

18th January, 2015

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen and his government considered bringing in a scheme to get all unemployed people picking up litter during the recession.

Another proposal was to introduce a new SSIA account to persuade workers to hand over up to €10 billion in savings to the cash-strapped government for five years.

The details are contained in secret cabinet documents and memos about the emergency budget in April 2009 which have been released for the first...

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