Budget 2018 was defined by political parameters, shaped with economic realities and fashioned by expectation. It was a budget that needed to be prudent, yet laced with enough populism to contrast the new version of this government with the Kenny and Noonan years.
The budget was also framed by the housing crisis and the looming threat of Brexit.
It was no surprise that many of the announcements in Paschal Donohoe’s main speech as both finance and...
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