budget 2024

Revealed – the €14.4bn budget trick

Behind the ‘prudent’ core Budget 2024 package of €6.4 billion lie shadow ‘temporary’ spending figures that bring the real total to a less reassuring €14.4 billion

Michael McGrath, the Minister for Finance and Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. ‘It will be a prudent budget,’ McGrath said during the summer. ‘But it will also seek to respond to the pressures that are there.’