Analysis: Inside the secretive budget meetings for the National Development Plan
Ministers are keeping a disciplined silence about the ongoing negotiaions for billions in capital spending
In the lead up to budgets, ministers wear the carpet in and out of a small conference room beside Paschal Donohoe’s office, as they try convince the public expenditure minister to increase spending allocated to their departments.
It is invariably a difficult and tense exercise, as demands rarely match resources. It is also garners a lot of media attention, with much of the detail leaked in advance of the two money ministers getting to ...