A budget crafted with votes in mind

A budget crafted with votes in mind
In the run-up to Budget 2016, there was much speculation on its likely impact on the pockets of Irish citizens

The detail of Budget 2016 was shaped with one eye on the upcoming general election

In the run-up to Budget 2016, there was much speculation on its likely impact on the pockets of Irish citizens – and by the time Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin finally unveiled the budget last Tuesday afternoon, much of the detail had already made its way into the public domain.

It was a budget of few surprises, and one that many perceived to be motivated by the demands of a looming general election. Noonan even made reference...

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