Wednesday February 19, 2020

No pre-election spending spree on the cards

Fine Gael is aiming to regain lost ground in the next election, but that doesn’t mean Paschal Donohoe is preparing a giveaway this week. In the end, Brexit may have a bigger influence than budget on voters

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
6th October, 2019
Paschal Donohoe, the Minister for Finance, will deliver probably the last budget of this government Picture: Bloomberg

There are two different perspectives in Fine Gael ahead of what is almost certain to be the last budget of this minority government.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has set a target of getting 12 extra seats in the forthcoming general election, and those around him are confident he will be a big asset for his party during the election campaign.

There are many Fine Gael members on the ground, however, who are much more fearful about their...

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