Tuesday September 22, 2020

Interview: Paschal Donohoe reflects on his no-deal budget

After announcing his no-deal budget last week, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is unruffled by the prospect of a Brexit deal. His approach was still the right one, he insists

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

13th October, 2019
Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance: ‘The fact that our Brexit prospects ebbed and flowed across the week showed that the approach I took on Budget Day was the right one’ Picture: Bryan Meade

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe decided that he could not repeat one of his favourite political catchphrases in this year’s budget.

As he put together an hour-long budget speech that ended up taking 70 minutes, he felt he could no longer talk about ‘the centre holding’ when it was changing all over the world.

“To be saying to citizens in such a fast-moving world that what you’re going to do is hold,...

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