Resignation of Naughten injects new dynamic

Resignation of Naughten injects new dynamic

The government is more vulnerable than ever, but there are obstacles in the way of an early election

Dull and boring are the qualities in a budget most sought after by a government. For government politicians dull and boring translates as safe. No surprises, no white-knuckle ride for the chief whip and no banana skins.

Governments nowadays have informal banana-skin-proofing mechanisms in place to avert budget-day disasters. The memory of then Taoiseach, Garret Fitzgerald, on his knees in the Dáil chamber to the late Jim Kemmy still haunts finance ministers. The banana skin...

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